'Space clown' hosts global show “太空小丑”举行太空表演
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Circus entrepreneur and "first clown in space" Guy Laliberte has hosted a global artistic1 performance from the International Space Station (ISS).

国际空间站马戏团“太空第一小丑”Guy Laliberte举行了一场全球艺术表演。

Mr Laliberte said Earth appeared fragile when seen from space
Mr Laliberte said Earth appeared fragile when seen from space

Mr Laliberte introduced artists and speakers from 14 countries in a two-hour show aimed at drawing attention to global water shortages.

Al Gore2, Bono and Salma Hayek were among those involved.

Mr Laliberte, founder3 of the Cirque du Soleil theatre company, is near the end of a 10-day tourist visit to the ISS.

The show, called Moving Stars and Earth for Water, was described by its organisers as a Poetic4 Social Mission.

It began at midnight GMT, with a welcome from Mr Laliberte onboard the ISS.

He then introduced former US Vice5 President and environmental campaigner Mr Gore, who said that "to solve the climate crisis and safeguard our planet and its beauty will require global effort".

Global stars

Over the next two hours, the show visited actors, artists, politicians, and activists7 in 14 countries including South Africa, Morocco, India, Japan and Australia.

Each artist read a section of(一部分,一段) a poem by Man-Booker prize-winning author Yann Martel - emphasising the need for all the world's population to have access to clean water - followed by a musical or artistic performance.

In South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai read a passage about the link between water and education, followed by a seafront performance by musical group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

In London, musician and activist6 Peter Gabriel spoke8 about water as a human right before British singer Joss Stone performed.

And in Mumbai, a reading by Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva was followed by a video recording9 of a performance by Academy Award-winning composer AR Rahman.

Other performances included Inuk singer Elisapie Isaac in Canada, Australian opera singer Tiffany Speich in Sydney, Moroccan rap group Fnaire in Marrakech and acrobatic dances(奇技舞) by members from Mr Laliberte's Cirque du Soleil.

In New York, a group of dancers staged a "flash-mobbing" in Times Square.

Among the speakers were US actors Hayek and Matthew McConaughey, award-winning scientist and environmentalist Dr David Suzuki, Canadian astronaut Julie Payette and Bindi Irwin, the young daughter of the late Australian wildlife expert, Steve Irwin.

'So fragile'

The event was broadcast live on the website of One Drop, the water charity founded by Mr Laliberte.

Viewers around the world were invited to sign a pledge to cut down on the amount of water they use.

Irish singer and activist Bono spoke to Mr Laliberte from a concert of his band, U2, in Tampa, Florida.

Bono asked Mr Laliberte, who he called "the first clown in space", for his perspective of Earth from the ISS.

"I see stars, I see darkness and emptiness. But planet Earth looks so great, and also so fragile," said Mr Laliberte.

"We should not forget that we have a great privilege(特权,基本人权) to live on planet Earth."

Mr Laliberte blasted into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 30 September, accompanied by Russian cosmonaut Maksim Surayev and US astronaut Jeffrey Williams.

He is the seventh private individual to make the trip and reportedly paid $35m for his ticket.

Before his departure, he told the BBC he wanted to use his visit to the ISS to produce "something that is originally creative".

"Hopefully we will have the result of sensitising people toward the situation of water in the world," he said.


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2 gore gevzd     
  • The fox lay dying in a pool of gore.狐狸倒在血泊中奄奄一息。
  • Carruthers had been gored by a rhinoceros.卡拉瑟斯被犀牛顶伤了。
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n.(政治活动的)积极分子,活动家( activist的名词复数 )
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n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
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