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Cirque du Soleil: Fire Within

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4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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Fire Within begins eight months prior to opening night when it remains to be seen how the performers, who have come from around world, will survive the enormous physical and emotional demands placed upon them. Throughout the captivating series, cameras document the human experience'the drama and comedy, the victories and setbacks and, above all, the desire to succeed that burns within these extraordinary individuals.


This addictive, Emmy Award-winning series has all the human turmoil of reality television, but the subjects have actual talent--it's a 13-part documentary about the young acrobats of Cirque du Soleil, watching them struggle with the physical rigors and emotional demands of creating a new show (the acclaimed Varekai). Fire Within focuses on eight performers, among them Gareth, a temperamental Brit whose sculpted physique features multiple tattoos; Stella, a young African American trapeze artist who's a bit of a diva; Oleg, a 35-year-old Russian circus professional trying to shift his talents to dance; Olga, a Cirque veteran as a contortionist, being given a starring role in this new show. Skillfully edited, Fire Within follows the performers along the stressful path from auditions to opening. The show gains surprisingly intimate access into their lives, capturing the strength and vulnerability of people whose bodies are their art--and not everyone rises to the challenges they face. The process of making a show like Varekai isn't always pretty or gentle; if an act isn't working--such as when Gareth and his acrobatic partner Ashley have trouble finding their balance for a piece called the Icarian Games--the act will simply be cut, and the performer fired. Fire Within is a remarkable warts-and-all document of frustration and ingenuity. After each episode, you'll eagerly jump to the next one to learn what happens next. --Bret Fetzer

Special features

  • 13 episodes on three discs
  • Reunion special
  • Q&A with selected artists and director Lewis Cohen
  • Cirque du Soleil Promos

Product details

  • Actors: Kevin Laprise, Andrew Atherton, Paul Bannerman, Ashley Beaver, Adrian Berinde
  • Directors: Bachir Bensaddek, Lewis Cohen, Ezra Soiferman
  • Writers: Lewis Cohen, Cleo Paskal
  • Producers: Valerie Beaugrand-Champagne, Christian Barcellos, Martin Bolduc, Marie Côté, Vincent Gagné
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002XNSZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,310 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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