A man called Bill 

Delirium isn’t like anything you’ve experienced. Canadian-based Cirque du Soleil delivers an arena-size spectacle to Conseco Fieldhouse March 7-9.

More rock concert than circus under the big top, Delirium celebrates Cirque’s 23-year collection of distinctive music remixed to an urban tribal beat with lyrics in English, French, Spanish, Wolof and Portuguese.

Delirium is a story writ-large of a man’s quest to find his identity in a world out of sync with reality, stated co-creator Michel Lemieux during a recent telephone interview from his home in Quebec.

Delirium is a “wink of the eye” to his father and to his own birth — Indianapolis, Feb. 13, 1959, Lemieux said.

“My father and mother were studying to be chiropractors. Indianapolis had the best school for this specialized field. However, people couldn’t pronounce my father’s name, Gontram Lemieux, so he said, “Just call me Bill.” My parents and I returned to Quebec when I was three months old.”

“Bill” became the character in quest of his identity in Delirium.

“Reality is an illusion,” Lemieux stated. “We came on Earth to dream. Our five senses are creating this surreal movie we are living. We are always on the verge of something to rediscover who we are. In a sense, technology is bringing us back to spirituality. We are inventing new forms to tell age-old stories because we are surrounded by technology.”

“The magic’s still there,” Lemieux asserted, referring to the new concept, “but we expanded to include a teenage audience who will enjoy multi-ethnic/multi-genre musicians on stage, acrobatic dances to hip-hop, street and tango beats and performers interacting with multimedia projections and live video feeds.”

Delirium is at Conseco Fieldhouse, with shows at 8 p.m. and pre-show spectacle at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.50-$99.50 at the box office, Ticketmaster or www.livenation.com.

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Rita Kohn has been covering craft beer and the arts for NUVO for two decades. She’s the author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana.

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