Cirque du Soleil

Formed 7 July 1984
Cirque du Soleil
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1984-07-07
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Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil Biography (Wikipedia)

Cirque du Soleil (, "Circus of the Sun" or "Sun Circus") is a Quebecer entertainment company and the largest theatrical producer in the world. Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and located in the inner-city area of Saint-Michel, it was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul on 7 July 1984, by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix.

Initially named Les Échassiers (, "The Waders"), they toured Quebec in 1980 as a performing troupe. Their initial financial hardship was relieved in 1983 by a government grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, as part of the 450th anniversary celebrations of Jacques Cartier's voyage to Canada. Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil was a success in 1984, and after securing a second year of funding, Laliberté hired Guy Caron from the National Circus School to recreate it as a "proper circus". Its theatrical, character-driven approach and the absence of performing animals helped define Cirque du Soleil as the contemporary circus ("nouveau cirque") that it remains today. (The only two instances of animals in Cirque shows are the snakes of Zumanity and the doves of Believe.)

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Alegria
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Alegria
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Bossa Nova Baby
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Bossa Nova Baby
Cirque du Soleil "LOVE" sessions
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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Carrousel
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Carrousel
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Reveil
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