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A New World on Screen

By: Noelle Beauregard, Marilyn.ca

For 28 years, the magic of Cirque du Soleil has amazed and entertained audiences around the world. On December 21, 2012 it will make its on screen debut in 3D. ‘Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away’ tells the story of two lovers who travel through dreamlike worlds to find each other. The story is told through visual effects, movement and body gestures, but there is no dialogue. “The cool thing is it’s a love story so it’s kind of universal and really how do you tell somebody you love them than with your gestures,” says Erica Linz when she sat down with Marilyn.
By excluding dialogue writer Andrew Adamson remains true to the artistic nature of Cirque du Soleil and its ability to be seen as universal. “You have these extraordinary feats of athleticism as well as all these little artistic pieces being married together into this format that is extraordinary... It’s a story told with eyes and movement,” describes Linz with passion.
Andrew Adamson, best known for his involvement in "Shrek" and “The Chronicles of Narnia",  took the seven Las Vegas ‘Cirque du Soleil’ shows and used them as the back drop for his narrative story. Partnered with James Cameron, who “brought the technology,” the magical world that you see on screen was created.
As an acrobat and lead actress in the movie, Linz is no stranger to the "Cirque du Soleil". “I stared with ‘Cirque du Soleil’ about 11 years ago, just after I graduated high school. I performed in a show called "Myster"’ and "KA" in Las Vegas.”  With two shows a night, that typically begin around 7 and 9:30, ten shows a week, 476 shows a year, Linz has performed with the Cirque du Soleil over a thousand times.  It’s hard to believe that she has any free time.
“Oddly, I’ve manage to have a life. I have a pediatric charity on the side and like six billion projects on the go,” Linz embellishes.  Yet, she reassures us that although it is a strange job her work week works out to roughly 40 hours a week, the only difference is the vibrant colours and artistic nature of her work environment.
Linz describes the experience of starring in a film as “terrifying and very exciting and really, really quick.” Linz notes that performing on stage in front of an audience is very different from performing in front of a camera. She explains that on stage everything has to be full body and large so that it projects to the last row. However, In front of James Cameron’s 3D camera everything needs to be tiny “because the face could be 20 feet large on the scene and you could look really silly, really quickly.”

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