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Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil at a glance

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in more than 400 cities in over sixty countries on six continents.

The mission

The mission of Cirque du Soleil is to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world.

The Creation of Cirque du Soleil

It all started in Baie-Saint-Paul, a small town near Québec City in Canada. There, in the early eighties, a band of colorful characters roamed the streets, striding on stilts, juggling, dancing, breathing fire, and playing music. They were Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (the Baie-Saint-Paul Stiltwalkers), a street theatre group founded by Gilles Ste-Croix. Already, the townsfolk were impressed and intrigued by the young performers – including Guy Laliberté who founded Cirque du Soleil.

The troupe went on to found Le Club des talons hauts (the High Heels Club), and then, in 1982, organized La Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul, a cultural event in which street performers from all over met to exchange ideas and enliven the streets of the town for a few days. La Fête foraine was repeated in 1983 and 1984. Le Club des talons hauts attracted notice, and Guy Laliberté, Gilles Ste-Croix and their cronies began to cherish a crazy dream: to create a Québec circus and take the troupe traveling around the world.

In 1984, Québec City was celebrating the 450th anniversary of Canada’s discovery by Jacques Cartier, and they needed a show that would carry the festivities out across the province. Guy Laliberté presented a proposal for a show called Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun) and succeeded in convincing the organizers. And Cirque du Soleil hasn’t stopped since!

A Few Statistics

  • In 1984, 73 people worked for Cirque du Soleil. Today, the company hires close to 4,000 employees worldwide, including 1,300 artists.
  • At the Montreal International Headquarters alone, there are close to 1,500 employees.
  • More than 100 types of occupations can be found at Cirque.
  • The company’s employees and artists represent more than 50 nationalities and speak 25 different languages.
  • More than 180 million spectators have seen a Cirque du Soleil show since 1984.
  • Close to 10 million have seen a Cirque du Soleil show in 2016.
  • Cirque du Soleil hasn’t received any grants from the public or private sectors since 1992.

Cirque du Soleil’s Areas of Activity

In 2015, Cirque du Soleil will present simultaneously some 20 different shows around the world. The heart of Cirque du Soleil’s activity remains creating live shows and presenting them under big tops, in theatres or arenas. Since 1984 close to 200 creators from the four corners of the globe have contributed their talents to this end. In 2014, in the context of an on-going strategy of diversifying its content and live-entertainment activities worldwide, Cirque du Soleil has created some subsidiaries among which:


45 DEGREES creates and produces custom-made experiential content bringing the unique expertise and creativity of Cirque du Soleil to discerning clients who are seeking high-end creative services and branded entertainment for corporate, public and private events and special projects.

Cirque du Soleil Theatrical

Cirque du Soleil Theatrical will develop unique theatrical opportunities for Cirque du Soleil. Based on traditional theatrical practices, these new productions will be created using the Cirque du Soleil signature style and aesthetic but will provide a very different experience for Cirque du Soleil audiences. Cirque du Soleil Theatrical productions are developed for Broadway and West End markets as well as global touring.


Outbox offers a strong ticket selling tool in some 20 countries and in 10 different languages using signature interactive seat maps, 3D customized venue plans and one page checkout. Outbox leverages its know-how to find customized, innovative and relevant ways to help its clients better sellout seats. Clients are typically major live event global venues or international promoters looking for integrated, specialized solutions. Outbox helps manage ticket window sales, call center service, group sales, season tickets and special events.


4U2C specializes in developing and creating multimedia visual environments that combine video, sound, lighting and special effects both for the stage and for projects on unusual projection surfaces with or without the use of screens.

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Touring Show
In a New Light Beloved by fans around the world, iconic Alegría is reinterpreted in a renewed version to share its timeless story once more. The classic power struggle of old meets new is reinterpreted for today’s cultural pulse. Led by an intangible wind of change, an emerging movement strives to shake the established order, instilling hope and renewal to bring light to a world in perfect harmony. Alegría energizes the audience with a joyful spirit for a brighter and more inspiring tomorrow.
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A Mysterious Island Ruled by Goddesses After directing her daughter's coming of age ceremony, honouring femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance, Queen Prospera causes a storm. A group of young men wash up on the isle, triggering an epic love story between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. Theirs is a love that will be tested.
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Bazzar Welcome to Cirque du Soleil BAZZAR, an eclectic lab of infinite creativity where a joyful troupe of acrobats, dancers and musicians craft an awe-inspiring spectacle. Lead by their maestro, they band together to invent a whimsical one-of-a-kind universe. In a place where the unexpected is expected, the colourful group reimagines, rebuilds and reinvents vibrant scenes in an artistic, acrobatic game of order and disorder. Come and claim your place amidst this marketplace of merriment and creative camaraderie. You just might find that the end of the story is really only the beginning!
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A Traditional Circus Homage A return to our origins, KOOZA combines acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, while exploring fear, identity, recognition and power. The Innocent's journey brings him into contact with comic characters from an electrifying world full of surprises, thrills, audacity and total involvement.
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A World of Curiosities to Unravel Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down.
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A waking dream of Mexico LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.
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Reise in die Evolution des Menschen TOTEM verfolgt die Entwicklung des Menschen von seinen amphibischen Ursprüngen bis hin zum neuzeitlichen Traum vom Fliegen. Die Charaktere bewegen sich auf einer Bühne, die an eine Riesenschildkröte erinnert, dem Ursprungssymbol vieler antiker Zivilisationen. TOTEM ergründet die Bande zwischen dem Menschen und anderen Gattungen, seine Träume und sein unendliches Potential.
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Freedom is the ultimate achievement. Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is about finding yourself and unveiling your personal powers. VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others. Waz, a gameshow contestant, that has lost touch with himself. He’s ashamed of who he is because of his difference. Follow him as he enters the show in search of fame, thinking that this will bring him love and acceptance from others. What he will find is something else. That fame is not the answer. If fame doesn’t provide freedom and acceptance, then what does? Will WAZ reconnect with his true self – and stand up for all that makes him truly unique? Will he realize that his difference is what makes him extraordinary?
Arena Show
Cirque du Soleil is back on ice with AXEL, a new electrifying experience fusing world-class ice skating with breathtaking acrobatics. Follow AXEL and his dynamic group of friends whose passion for live music and graphic arts come to life in an exhilarating adventure that reminds us that our dreams are within reach. Discover this young artist as he falls for the fascinating Lei in a high-speed chase for love and self-realization. Sparks fly as they set out on a fast-moving quest through fun colorful fantastical worlds. Will he fulfill his destiny and find his voice? Cirque du Soleil AXEL: Get ready for awesome music, astonishing projections, and stunning acrobatic skating performances.
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Get carried away with life The clown Mauro has passed, but his spirit is still with us. Instead of mourning, the funeral cortege celebrates the here and hereafter with laughter and exuberance. Rich, extravagant memories frolic with the senses. The sound of laughter peals around the stage, visions of joyous tumblers and players fascinate the eyes. Regret and melancholy retreat in the face of a cavalcade of lively recollections of a life gloriously lived. A festive parade that entertains; the perfect accolade for an artist whose life was dedicated to revelry and making merry.
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CRYSTAL – The First acrobatic performance on ice Crystal is not just an ice show, it’s the very first experience on ice from Cirque du Soleil. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. A new kind of performance as Cirque du Soleil meets the ice to defy all expectations. Directed by Shana Carroll and Sebastien Soldevila, Crystal, our misfit heroine, takes you on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Feel the adrenaline as she soars through this surreal world to become what she was always destined to be: confident, curious, and creative. CRYSTAL invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to colorful life with astounding visual projections and a soundtrack that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil. CRYSTAL is suitable for all ages.
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Messi10 Promising to be an explosive, fan fueled inspiring live show, Messi10 by Cirque du Soleil acrobatically uncovers the athleticism, devotion and brilliance that bridges the world of football and circus by celebrating the magic behind the greatest footballer of our time. This immersive experience tells the story of a young man with boundless ambition to overcome all obstacles in becoming the greatest number 10 in the world. Exploring all the elements of his success, the show creates a universe where greatness is found in bouncing back to your feet, no matter how many times you are brought down on your way to achieving the impossible.
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Rush Headlong into a New Ecosystem OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion. The awestruck insects are intensely curious when a mysterious egg appears, representing the enigma and cycles of their lives.
Permanente Show
Musical, Artistik und Hollywood in einer Show Musical und Artistik – zwei Künste vereint zu einem ganz neuen Show-Erlebnis. Im April 2019 kommt CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PARAMOUR, das erste Musical des legendären kanadischen Zirkus, vom Broadway direkt ins Stage Theater Neue Flora in Hamburg. Lassen Sie sich faszinieren von einer atemberaubenden Show, die mit spektakulärer Artistik die Kunst des Entertainments in eine neue Dimension hebt. Der charismatische Regisseur AJ sucht nach einem neuen Talent für seinen nächsten Kinohit und findet es in der ebenso ehrgeizigen wie schönen Schauspielerin Indigo. In ihr sieht er nicht nur seinen zukünftigen Star, er verliebt sich auch in sie. Indigo allerdings hegt nicht nur Gefühle für AJ – auch der junge Pianist Joey, der den Titelsong des neuen Films komponieren soll, erobert ihr Herz. Und so beginnt eine dramatische Love-Story, an deren Ende Indigo sich zwischen Liebe und Erfolg entscheiden muss.
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Cirque du Soleil to open first resident show in China in collaboration with Hangzhou Xintiandi group Cirque du Soleil 绮幻之境 (The Land of Fantasy) will open in 2019 in Hangzhou. In partnership with Hangzhou Xintiandi Group, Chinese city complex operator, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announced today its first resident show in China: Cirque du Soleil 绮幻之境 (The Land of Fantasy). Set to open mid-2019 in the heart of the Xintiandi CAZ, in Hangzhou, this new resident show will be presented in an unprecedented state-of-the art theatre offering an immersive experience that no other audience has ever experienced elsewhere in the world. “With today’s announcement, we are now solidly and permanently establishing ourselves in China, with a resident show that was specially created for Chinese audiences. Our partnership with XTD enabled us to create a unique-in-the-world entertainment experience and we want to thank them for their precious collaboration”, expressed Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “XTD is honored to bring this technological adventure to Hangzhou and host, for the very first time, a Cirque du Soleil resident show in China. As the developer of Xintiandi Central Activity Zone, where the theater is located, we are confident this unique entertainment offering will solidify Hangzhou’s position as one of the most important tourist destinations in China. The show reinforces the city’s very rich cultural offering and emphasizes its status as an international destination for tourism”, said Chairman Liu Wendong of Hangzhou Xintiandi Group. Built to host nearly 1,500 spectators, the show theatre is divided in two sets of intimate revolving bleachers, placing the audience at the very center of the story and allowing two viewing experiences. This unique 360-degree perspective opens a new world of creative possibilities to tell the story and provides a truly captivating experience for the spectators who follow the action from their seats. The theater also features a massive 100m-wide mainstage, divided in panels individually controlled to create any configuration imaginable, allowing the setting to shape-shift as the story unfolds. A combination of 3D props, video mapping, and trap doors from which acrobats seem to ‘disappear’ inside landscapes and return when you least expect it, will allow for artists to perform gravity-defying acrobatic acts; all of which are designed to disorient the senses.
Permanente Show
An Experience for the Senses JOYÀ, the first Cirque du Soleil resident show in Mexico, combines culinary and performing arts in an intimate theater setting to engage the audience's five senses. Drawing on Mexico's history and heritage, JOYÀ tells the story of an alchemist and his granddaughter embarking on a quest to uncover the secrets of life. Don't miss the opportunity to taste extraordinary dishes and live an unforgettable night exclusively at the Cirque du Soleil Theater at Vidanta Riviera Maya. JOYÀ, a thrilling, whimsical show in which joy, courage and friendship conquer all!
Permanente Show
KÀ: The glory of battle, the rush of victory Gravity defied, enemies confronted, noble combat becomes acrobatic. War has never been fought this way. A colossal, moving stage is the battlefield. Up is down, land becomes sky. These dimension-bending confrontations redefine what it means to fight. Bodies full of strength, glowing with light and heat. Minds as bright and clear as the vast heavens, the great ocean, and the highest peak. Determination is the path, victory the reward. Dare to be part of the battle, live at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Permanente Show
An Immersive Journey Hailed by Rolling Stone as “A virtual parade of ‘wow’ moments,” Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil is an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals immersing the audience into the world of Michael's music. Driven by his biggest hits heard like never before in a riveting, state-of-the-art surround-sound environment Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil performs exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Permanente Show
Mystere: Laugh along with life Inside the imagination is a playful place to be. This world is a jaunty, music-stuffed adventure bright with colour, athleticism and bubbly buddies. Silliness, insane acrobatics and gut-busting gags abound. It’s a joyous funhouse…and you’re at the front door. Knock, knock… Who’s there? MYSTERE. Discover the lighter side of life, exclusively at Treasure Island, Las Vegas.
Permanente Show
Experience an Aquatic Masterpiece Weaving a tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance, 'O' pays tribute to the beauty of theatre. Inspired by the concept of infinity and the elegance of water, world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers create a breathtaking experience. Only at Bellagio, Las Vegas.
Permanente Show
R.U.N – The first live-action thriller by Cirque du Soleil Desert at dawn. A chapel. A gangland wedding is abruptly interrupted. A guy is running for his life. What has he done? What is worth risking his life for? Follow two clans in this never-ending chase, where a striking bride leads a series of fast-paced, thrill-a-minute events through the fictional, dark undergrounds of Las Vegas. Prepare to clench your teeth and grip your armrest. 75 minutes of pure live action. Are you in?
Permanente Show
BRIGHTER. BOLDER. BIGGER! New acts, costumes, choreography, technology and music bring a more vibrant and engaging experience to one of the most celebrated shows in the world. The three-time Grammy Award winning LOVE is a Rock 'n' Roll poem, inspired by the poetry of the lyrics and brought to life by a cast of world-class aerialists, acrobats and dancers. Music Director Giles Martin, son of the legendary Beatles producer, Sir George Martin, has heightened LOVE’s listening experience with a completely remixed soundtrack, noting “The show is the closest anyone can get to being in the studio with the band.”
Permanente Show
Zumanity is a seductive twist on reality, making the provocative playful and the forbidden electrifying! Leave inhibitions at the door, let loose and marvel in a sexy thrill ride full of sensational acrobatics and naughty fun. Part burlesque and part cabaret, Zumanity is one full night you'll never forget! Created for adults 18 and over. Only at New York-New York Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.
Event Show
It’s official! This summer, Cirque du Soleil will be part of the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival and will present BÔCCA, an exclusive show that combines the culinary world with high-flying acrobatic, from August 15th to 19th in Monaco. An Acroculinary Wonderland In a bright and warm atmosphere, the famous Canadian troupe will merge circus and culinary arts in the heart of the Monegasque city. It is on the stage of the Salle des Étoiles, now transformed into a mock kitchen of the Casino de Monte-Carlo restaurant, that a brigade of formidable cooks will create great dishes - from exquisite salmon jelly to a sumptuous cake. These culinary masterpieces will come to life in an acrobatic spectacle that will delight young and old alike. ---------------------------- Salle des Etoiles , MONACO 26 Avenue Princesse Grace 15. - 19. August 2019 ----------------------------
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A Tribute to Les Cowboys Fringants The fifth chapter of the Cirque du Soleil tribute series will celebrate the music of Les Cowboys Fringants, the popular and critically-acclaimed Quebec band who has rocked the French-speaking world for two decades. This series is presented exclusively at the Cogeco Amphitheater in Trois-Rivières. ---------------------------- Trois-Rivieres, QC Amphithéâtre Cogeco 17 Juli - 17. August 2019 ----------------------------
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Of all the themes explored in songs, LOVE is the most prevalent. The great male pop stars of the world have handled the subject of love beautifully, with passion and from a multitude of viewpoints. This is the inspiration for REBEL. The story is of a passionate, impulsive and intense young man. Each of his loves is sincere and transcendent. In a very urban atmosphere that follows him from dusk until dawn, the lover experiences a long night full of surprising encounters. Whenever the main character falls in love, LOVE, his equally impulsive and over-the-stop sidekick, tattoos a new name. The women in the show are represented by the muses that inspired so many songs in this musical universe. ---------------------------- Andorra la Vella, Andorra Parc Central d’Andorra la Vella 29. Juni - 28. Juli 2019 ----------------------------
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A Modern Spin On A Holiday Classic For The Whole Family ‘Twas the Night Before… is an exhilarating new spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil can imagine. This vibrant acrobatic show about the joy of sharing and friendship promises to spark lasting memories in the hearts of children and adults alike. Expect the unexpected! Find out what really happened before Santa dropped in...
Event Show
For the first time ever, Cirque du Soleil will present an exclusive and original live performance in Malta for the 40th anniversary of the Mediterranean Conference Centre in the historic city of Valletta. VITORI mobilizes a cast of characters inspired by the pieces in the game of chess, the ultimate game of logic and rational thinking. Brimming with talent and torque, two teams go head to head on a huge chessboard, ready to wage a battle to the end. But when the golden King falls in love with the black Rook, he puts everything in the balance to get closer to his beloved, leaving his unsuspecting subjects in total disarray. ---------------------------- Valletta, Malta Mediterranean Conference Centre 27. November - 20 Dezember 2019 ----------------------------


Arena Show (2016 - 2019)
See Cirque du Soleil in a stunning new light in this visual odyssey, inspired by James Cameron's AVATAR. Experience a live storytelling journey through a new world of imagination and endless possibilities.


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