District Fray went behind the scenes with the cast of “Echo” before their Under the Big Top performances from September 6 to October 22 in Tysons, Virginia.
THE NEXT GEN OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL IN THE DMV. We were given the chance of a lifetime this summer to fly to Montreal and visit Cirque du Soleil’s international headquarters — an exclusive and rare opportunity for media outlets we are truly grateful for — and to meet some of the stars of “Echo” before the show moves to the Under the Big Top tent in Tysons, Virginia this month. During a whirlwind 48 hours, cover photographer Tony Powell and I were whisked to HQ where we spent the first day meeting everyone from the assistant costume designer to the lead shoe maker for all Cirque productions around the globe and getting an inside look at the vast and impressive operation behind the iconic entertainment group. We experienced “Echo” live that evening under the Cirque du Soleil Montreal Grand Chapiteau with an enthusiastic audience reverberating with hometown pride. And the next day, we reentered the Big Top for our cover shoot onstage with eight of the 51 performers in “Echo,” followed by interviews with the artists about the next generation of Cirque du Soleil who are about to take the DMV by storm. I hope you enjoy our glimpse into “Echo” and our Arts & Culture Issue content highlighting the city’s dynamic creative community.