La Nouba Celebrates 15th Anniversary with a “Magical Moment” with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

ORLANDO, Fla.  (Dec. 18, 2013) – Celebrating its 15th anniversary in a magical way, La Nouba, the Cirque du Soleil show at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort, took a moment to show its Disney side prior to its 6:00 p.m. performance Wednesday night with a special visit from Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.  Appearing for the first time on the Cirque stage, the famous duo was on hand to congratulate the La Nouba artists and crew as they approach the momentous milestone next week.

Since opening on December 23, 1998, La Nouba has performed more than 7,000 shows to more than 9 million guests.  With an international and diverse cast of 65 talented performers, the show features funambulists, dancers, tumblers, trapeze performers, a juggler, clowns, actors, acro-gymnasts, cyclists, musicians, vocalists, skippers and circus artists.  More than 20% of the original cast is still performing in the show, including trampoline artist Alexander Danilchenko, who has not missed a show in 15 years.

“We are proud to celebrate one of our longest running shows and are grateful to the dedicated artists, crew and staff of La Nouba who continue to wow audiences.  What a fantastic milestone to share with our partner Disney,” said Cirque du Soleil President Daniel Lamarre.

The relationship between Cirque du Soleil and Walt Disney World is a collaborative one that dates back to the show’s inception. La Nouba, which comes from the French phrase “faire la nouba,” and means to live it up, was created exclusively for Walt Disney World. Design teams from Cirque du Soleil and Walt Disney Imagineering worked together to create the show’s unique freestanding theatre – the first ever to be built for a Cirque show.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate 15 years of La Nouba with Cirque du Soleil,” said Keith Bradford, vice president of Downtown Disney. “With its vibrant characters and diverse performers, the show remains as fresh and magical as ever and continues to enhance the Downtown Disney experience with an incredible theatrical experience our guests will always remember.”

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ABOUT LA NOUBA and CIRQUE DU SOLEIL:
La Nouba transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary and stimulates the imagination from beginning to end with daring acrobatics, dazzling choreography, vibrant music and whimsical characters only at Downtown Disney West Side at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. For more information about La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, visit cirquedusoleil.com/lanouba.

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over 40 countries on six continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit cirquedusoleil.com.

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REGULAR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Tuesdays through Saturdays at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.  The theater is dark Sundays, Mondays and select times throughout the year.

PRESS KIT:
Additional video, images and sound bites will be available on December 19 for download at: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/64584-la-nouba-cirque-du-soleil-15-anniversary-disney

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ann Paladie
ann.paladie@cirquedusoleil.com
www.cirquedusoleil.com/pressroom