Week 62 – Farewell to La Nouba

On December 31st, La Nouba, one of the best shows of Cirque du Soleil, closed its doors after a 19-year run.
On our way home to NYC from Mexico City, we stopped in Orlando to pay our last respects to the show for which I created and performed a highwire act for 7 years. It’s also where I met Julie, 17 years ago.

Before the show, we went backstage to say “Hi” to old friends who are still working on the show. During the show, a handful of artists who’ve been there since day one – the originals – still showed incredible skills, along with their younger colleagues.

Back home on New Year’s Eve, we watched a live stream of the show’s last act and final bow. It was an emotional farewell for us, as it was for the artists and crew on stage and many former La Nouba artists in the audience. I am proud to have been part of the group of artists and designers who created this incredible show.

La Nouba is now history but it will stay with me forever!

P.S. I rode Greengo, my Brompton, to the theater, as well as on a trail with my friends and former La Nouba artists.

This week in numbers:

28 km – distance cycled
1998 – the year La Nouba was created
8999 – shows performed
57 – the number of backflips on a highwire in a row without miss that I performed while in La Nouba