Cirque Dreams brings holiday show to the Adler
by David Burke
November 24, 2012
In Neil Goldberg’s Fort Myers, Fla., home, there is a room devoted entirely to Christmas ornaments.
“There’s over 10,000 of them,” he said in a telephone interview from Austin, Texas. “People travel the world and pick up magnets and T-shirts. I find ornaments because I’m fascinated with them.”
That fascination melded with his role as the founder-director-producer of Cirque Dreams as he created “Holidaze,” which stops at the Adler Theatre in Davenport next weekend.
The set is a 30-foot-high Christmas tree. On the tree are performers dressed as ornaments, “dangling” from the branches.
Each ornament becomes an act in the 90-minute show.
“It’s celebrating the holiday season,” said Goldberg, a 58-year-old New Yorker. “We play on the snow, the winter and Christmas, and just the festivities — lights, colors, gift boxes, hurried shopping — things people can relate to.”
The music is numerous holiday songs mixed with current tunes, including rap and rock.
“We’ve mashed it up so it has a little bit of a ‘Glee’-esque feel to it,” Goldberg said.
The show is in its fourth season. Last year, it played an acclaimed run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the same show is now on tour.
Goldberg, celebrating his 20th anniversary with Cirque Dreams, scours the world for performers and finds them thanks to assistance from the Ethiopian government and its circus program, the Mongolian School of Contortion and the Beijing Acrobatic Association.