• Cirque du Soleil

Over the last 28 years, Cirque du Soleil has redefined the circus experience with more than 30 different shows. With Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, the Canadian theatrical troupe intends to do the same in the realm of cinema. “This film is a combination of music, art and technology,” says director Andrew Adamson, who shot the movie using state-of-the-art 3-D cameras. “It transports you into a dreamlike space, thrills you with these astonishing circus acts and moves you deeply with a very sweet love story.”

Here, Adamson tells us where he drew inspiration from for the largely silent, uniquely Cirque film.

  • Fantasia
Mark Fellman; Everett Collection

“Fantasia is something that imprinted on me very early in my life. I can still clearly see ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ in my head when I close my eyes. I hope parts of this film are like that for audiences today.”

  • Swan Lake
Mark Fellman; Everett Collection
“I’ve always been challenged by ballet because I tend to be an analytical thinker. It’s not to be overthought but to be felt and experienced. Cirque is like that too. It’s truly unique.”

  • Alice in Wonderland
Mark Fellman; Everett Collection
“Alice and the looking glass and her tumbling down the rabbit hole sort of led me to a narrative structure that would work for this film.”