PHOTOS - Details on two of the acts that will appear in the new Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs

Mar 03, 2020 in "Cirque du Soleil"

New 'Drawn to Life' Cirque du Soleil show at Walt Disney World
Posted: Tuesday March 3, 2020 12:17pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney and Cirque du Soleil are releasing more information and a look inside the new Disney Springs Cirque du Soleil show - Drawn to Life.

Drawn to Life will feature ten unique acrobatic acts, including an energetic Rhythmic Gymnastics group number and a pencil-test-inspired Aerial Pole routine.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products are excited to reveal two acrobatic acts and the set of Drawn to Life,the highly anticipated, new family friendly show coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Written and directed by Michel Laprise and with Fabrice Becker as Director of Creation, this collaboration between Cirque du Soleil,Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering will officially premiere April 17, 2020. The show will take residency at Disney Springs. Tickets are on sale now at

“Interpreting the works from Disney’s spectacular catalogue of animation into a live show was a thrilling opportunity for Cirque du Soleil, and we couldn’t be more proud of this production,” explained Diane Quinn, Chief Creative Officer Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “Together with Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, we have created a stunning show that will inspire audiences to dream and reach for the impossible.”

Drawn to Life is a live acrobatic journey telling the story of Julie, a determined girl who discovers an unexpected gift left by her Disney animator father: an unfinished animation. As she dives into the inner world of animation, Julie embarks on an inspiring quest guided by a surprising pencil and filled with her childhood Disney memories. The story is driven by ten unique acrobatic acts, including an energetic Rhythmic Gymnastics group number and a pencil-test-inspired Aerial Pole routine, both of which were unveiled today. Drawn to Lifealso features animation from beloved Disney films as well as all-new animation created by Disney artists led by Eric Goldberg, best known for characters such as the Genie in the animated classic, “Aladdin.”

“Our show uses new technologies and art forms to portray the innate physicality of animation,” says Michel Laprise, Show Writer & Director. “During a number of the acts, classic Disney animation sequences come alive via contemporary projections, complementing the spectacular feats of our acrobats.

“Together Disney and Cirque du Soleil have created an incredible new family entertainment experience that is sure to awe audiences and touch the hearts of adults and children alike,” says Natalie Woodward, Vice President of Production for Disney Parks Live Entertainment. “Our two organizations are rooted in artistry and share a passion for creating memorable experiences. That’s one reason Drawn to Lifeis a show that could only come from the creative minds of Disney and Cirque du Soleil.

Audience members of all ages will not only be enthralled by the unbelievable talent and strength of the acrobats of Drawn to Life, but by the stunning stage and props as well. Stéphane Roy, the show’s award-winning Set Designer, managed to create a fully immersive world for Julie’s journey inside the world of animation with no detail overlooked. Drawn to Life plays out on a vast stage made to look like an animator’s desk; sheets of paper surround the stage resembling the stacks of drafts that an animator inevitably sifts through during their creation process while a colossal version of an animator’s lamp towers overhead.

“Every aspect of the set design has been meticulously crafted by Stéphane, who left no detail of the animator’s world untouched. The size and scope of props used in the show are spellbinding,’’ says Fabrice Becker, Creation Director.

With an international cast of 65 artists, Drawn to Lifewill perform two shows per day, Tuesday through Saturday, at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Benjamin_Nicholas24 days ago

No, there were no expiring contracts and none of the performers are new. There is A/B/C casting. This was from the inception.

Benjamin_Nicholas24 days ago

This is company protocol. Unless it's a death, as in what happened with KA in Vegas, the show moves forward This is the risk you take watching Cirque.

EPCOTServo2128 days ago

Appeared to be several new performers in the show tonight. I’m not sure if this is an A/B type rotation that some of their shows have or if some performers’ contracts were up. The Wheel of Death act also performed tonight & the trapeze act was still out of the show. I’m not sure if they’re selling more seats now due to changes in COVID protocols inside - I don’t know if they ever weren’t purposely selling all available seats since they opened for any social distancing of sorts - but the last evening show was a very full house. It was nice to see the cast have a a nearly sold out show.

EPCOTServo2129 days ago

I was at the show where this fall happened. Cirque continued the show - after the performer was given medical attention & transported to the hospital - and Cirque almost always tries to continue their show in some way unless they absolutely cannot for some circumstance(s). I understand why some people may have preferred to get a refund or be able to return to see a different show if they were at this performance but I will say, also, that the remainder of the show was their typical show . I would also add that if you return to see a different show now - I returned once more after this show where he fell - that the show has understandably changed because they appear to not be doing that act while this performer is out. I’m unsure if an alternate will be brought on to bring that act back before the injured performer returns. Sometimes they also rotate some acts in their Cirque shows as well, as another example of this is that the juggling act was not part of the most recent show I attended a few days ago. I’ve seen numerous Cirque shows where some acts do get rotated out during the week and other times where an act is just skipped from the show. In the version of this show, when they do not have the trapeze performers, there is this alternate act where the female animators/artists dance and interact with the paint and projections (much of the same as the act when the trapeze is revealed within the projections).

JIMINYCR30 days ago

When you have shows that include elements of danger, theres always the chance for the unexpected to happen. We all go to events and shows that include harrowing acts because we are excited by watching risks taken. These are professional acrobats and performers and they are well aware of the risks they take nightly. When an accident does happen, they certainly are affected by seeing that one of their own has been hurt. But unless theres a death, they have the long held tradition that "The show must go on."

TikibirdLand31 days ago

Well, at least it wasn't an accident on par with Siegfried and Roy.

eliza61nyc31 days ago

Okay I'm going to play devils advocate, only because in college I performed in musical theater. Similar scenario happened during one performance where a piece of the background catwalk collapsed sending 2 performers crashing to the floor with heavy settings on top. One of the emergency protocols in place was to drop the curtain, fade to darkness and move the injured backstage to get medical treatment from the professionals while the rest of the cast/crew continues. A part of it is that in an emergency you want everyone to clear out the way and let help get to the injured, not have 20 performers trying to "help" Now I don't know about the management of that venue but I'm willing to bet 10 lords-a-leeping that cirque has something similar in place

mergatroid31 days ago

There's an element of risk in acrobatics that is always going to be there. Depending on the reason behind the 'accident' would normally dictate what happened. If a prop broke injuring a performer that's a safety issue that would have to be investigated thoroughly before it was used again. So for instance if a rope snapped or a swing came lose that would mean the end of that until they figured out what happened and how to prevent it in future. If it's a timing issue and a performer messes up and hurts himself there's little that can be done about it, in a perverse way that's part of the show. When people watch a stunt show or a circus act, whilst you don't want to see people getting hurt or worse the fact they could be adds to the tension and drama. The performer at some point has to rely on their skill and if that let's them down, that's when they get injured. Without knowing exactly what happened, what their protocols are and what the rest of the cast feel about stopping the show it's difficult to say whether the right or wrong decision was made. Without being unsympathetic if it was a leg break then that is probably something the performers are mentally prepared for. They obviously don't want any injury but will have factored in many scenarios as a possibility when choosing the career that they have. If the performer was paralyzed and had bones protruding through his skin then I'd imagine they'd perhaps cancel the show. I wish the performer well.

Sirwalterraleigh31 days ago


wutisgood31 days ago

That sounds so terrible. The fact that managemenrt in that theater was more concerned about losing money than the safety of the performer or cast is concerning. Personally I just could not treat that event like a player getting hurt at a football game where random things could happen. This is a planned out stage show with safety protocols in place. If a performer gets hurt the management should have a responsibility in my opinion to stop the show immediately and review their safety protocols to make sure nothing else could go wrong in the present or future shows.

Brian31 days ago

the.dreamfinderDec 20, 2021

I find with cirque shows, both Grand Chapiteau and a resident show like La Nouba, that you want to be center upper to middle of the lower section. When I saw “Volta”, we were close to where you were sitting and there was too much neck bending for my comfort.

DznyGrlSDDec 20, 2021

not typically, no. Not even for Castmembers unfortunately

wutisgoodDec 19, 2021

are there ever any discounts for this show if they have last minute seats to fill? I know disney would rather leave something half empty than five anyone a dollar off but given this is a cirque production I would think it's more of a possibility.