We were invited to go behind the scenes yesterday at Cirque du Soleil La Nouba as the trapeze troupe rehearsed for a special performance. On Thursday, March 31st, 2016, La Nouba will partner with Experience Kissimmee to stream live via Facebook Live and Periscope as the trapeze troupe attempts 2 rarely performed tricks. I will share more about that in this article, but we also have more photos and video from behind the scenes as well! I’ve attended La Nouba about 8 times since my first visit opening year (1998), and it is always a breathtaking show. And in the past year, there have been a number of changes and updates, giving it a fresh feel but keeping many guest favorites as well.
The trapeze troupe will be attempting the “Double & 1/2 Layout to the Legs” and the “Quadruple” layout, the latter which may have been completed only 20 times or less in trapeze history. To see this on March 31st, 2016 at 6pm EDT, visit the Experience Kissimmee Facebook page or follow on Twitter for updates.
We talked with the troupe, and they are friends away from Cirque as well.
We went up pretty high on a catwalk to be able to capture some photos and video of the troupe.
Here are a few photos of their rehearsals. La Nouba has played to over 10 million guests since 1998!
Here is our video of the rehearsals, including the trapeze troupe.
The trapeze artists answered questions.
They also posed for photos, and seemed very excited about Thursday.
It was a major treat after nearly 20 years of watching La Nouba to be able to go behind the scenes. It really is different watching the performers in their rehearsal clothes, it was just about them and their athleticism and not the full show.
Cirque du Soleil La Nouba is a fully live show. Not only the athletic performances, but all of the music is live each night.
Here is a bicycle used in the performance. We were taken into several areas backstage.
A blue bike sits in the corner, waiting to be used.
We were underneath the performers for a few minutes as they practiced.
They really make it look very easy.
The building is such a focal point of the show, it was fun watching the performers using it during rehearsals.
Here are more photos of different performers rehearsing.
A performer bounces off the building.
I could have watched the rehearsal all day, it was really incredible to see the different moves by the athletes.
We walked through a “legacy hallway”, which has posters from all the shows – 41 in all, we were told two more were coming. And almost half of these shows are still playing now, including Cirque du Soleil La Nouba.
If you haven’t seen Cirque du Soleil La Nouba, I highly recommend it – and I also recommend joining the Cirque Club for possible special offers!