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 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 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 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.

Touring Shows

Alegría - In a New Light

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/alegria

Amaluna

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna

AXEL

Spectacular skating, breathtaking acrobatics, live music and stunning graphics - It’s waiting for you in an all new ice spectacle: Cirque du Soleil AXEL.

Join Axel and his adrenaline-fueled crew on an exhilarating adventure as his passion for music and graphic arts takes you on an electrifying journey.

See sparks fly as Axel falls for the captivating Lei. Together they jet off on a fast-moving quest through fantastic and colorful worlds to retrieve the stolen light from the mystical Vi. Will Axel find his voice and fulfill his destiny?

Get ready for amazing music, stunning projections, and mind-blowing acrobatic skating performances in Cirque du Soleil AXEL.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/axel

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!
www.cirquedusoleil.com/bazzar

Cirque du Soleil 2020

SOMETHING NEW ON THE HORIZON

In Cirque du Soleil 2020, the audience will be touched by uplifting acrobatic choreography, startling physical theatre and moved by the vibrant musical score.

This new big top experience invokes the power of the human performance and communal experience which remain at the heart of all Cirque du Soleil creations. It is a meeting of visual art and human performance, a hymn to the vibrant communal experience that only a live show can offer. Cirque du Soleil invites fans to meet under the big top in 2020 and share the experience of this new surprising and joyful live gathering.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/2020

Corteo

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/corteo

Crystal

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. Discover 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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal

KOOZA

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza

KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios

LUZIA

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/messi10

OVO

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/ovo

TOTEM

Journey into the Evolution of Mankind

TOTEM follows the human species from original amphibian state to ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage, evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem

Twas the night before

A Modern Spin On A Holiday Classic For The Whole Family

'Twas the Night Before... is an exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine. This festive show about the wonders of sharing and friendship promises to spark lasting memories in the hearts of families this holiday season.

Join Isabella, a curious girl who’s become jaded by the hoopla surrounding Christmas, as she is whisked away to an upside-down, inside-out world where she meets characters inspired by the original timeless poem.

Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Christmas show, ‘Twas the Night Before... is a flurry of love, Christmas cheer, rip-roaring fun and hugely lovable characters that will become a new tradition for families to cherish.

Discover what happened before Santa dropped in!
www.cirquedusoleil.com/twas-the-night-before

VOLTA

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 is 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?
www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta

Permanente Shows

Las Vegas (USA)

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/ka

Michael Jackson ONE

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/michael-jackson-one

Mystère

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/mystere

O

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/o

R.U.N

Bike chases, gang fights, guys on fire and badass girls calling the shots, R.U.N is a living graphic novel with nonstop plot twists, crazy fights and explosive action! Don’t worry, we’ve made sure the edge of your seat is comfy; we know that’s where you’ll be the whole show.

Back-alley fistfights, bike jumps, car chases, high falls and body burns. Do we have your attention yet? R.U.N is what happens when the stuntmen send the acrobats out for coffee then change the locks behind them.

R.U.N features ground-breaking special effects, with multi-layered 180-degree projections seamlessly integrating live and filmed content to bring our graphic-novel to life. Not to mention concert-worthy lighting, fire, pyro, and flames!

You don’t just see R.U.N, you live it! From the moment you step through the 350-foot theater entrance, you’re thrown into a world of seedy alleyways, illicit street races and revenge quests gone awry. Enjoy an immersive experience like no other.

Written by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and directed by the crazy Masked Singer guy Michael Schwandt, this story is inspired by graphic novels gone wild and kick-ass action thrillers. Oh, it has badass music from Tyler Bates (John Wick), too… What a recipe!
www.cirquedusoleil.com/run

The Beatles LOVE

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.”
www.cirquedusoleil.com/beatles-love

Zumanity

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/zumanity

Permanente Shows

Riviera Maya (MEXICO)

JOYÀ

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!
www.cirquedusoleil.com/joya

Permanente Shows

Orlando (USA)

At Walt Disney World

Cirque du Soleil + Walt Disney World

Set your imagination in motion and get ready for an enlivening collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, iconic memory makers.

Cirque du Soleil transports you into an inspiring world where Disney animation can be experienced like never before.

Leap into a live acrobatic journey where an animator’s desk becomes the stage and drawings come to life. This love letter to the art of Disney animation is a celebration of life and all of its deliberate and unanticipated movements.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/at-walt-disney-world

Permanente Shows

Hamburg (GERMANY), Berlin (GERMANY)

PARAMOUR

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/paramour

Berlin 2020

Worum geht es in Berlin 2020?

Die Original-Kreation von Cirque Du Soleil für Berlin wird in der deutschen Hauptstadt produziert, wo alle kreativen Kräfte zusammenkommen, um diese innovative Show zu entwickeln. Die Initiatoren lassen sich von Berlin und seiner Kultur inspirieren, wobei die Essenz des Cirque du Soleil natürlich Dreh- und Angelpunkt bleibt.

Die ganz neue Show im Theater am Potsdamer Platz, dem größten und modernsten Theater Berlins, ist eine Co-Produktion von Cirque du Soleil, der die Verantwortung für die künstlerischen Inhalte trägt, und Live Nation, der weltweit führenden Live Entertainment Company.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/berlin-2020

Permanente Shows

Hangzhou (China)

The Land of Fantasy

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.

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.
www.xqhzj.com

Events

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VITORI

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.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/vitori
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