Friday, October 05, 2012

Cirque du Soleil: a world-class creation from Quebec and Montreal

Cirque du Soleil by Qinn
Cirque du Soleil, a photo by Qinn on Flickr.

Cirque du Soleil ("Circus of the Sun") is a Canadian entertainment company, says Wikipedia; it is self-described as a "dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment."

Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and located in the inner-city area of Saint-Michel, it was founded in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix.[2]

To this day it is operated by French Canadians.

The numerous Cirque shows employ approximately 4,000 people from over 40 countries and generate an estimated annual revenue exceeding US$810 million.[6][7]

The multiple permanent Las Vegas shows alone play to more than 9,000 people a night, 5% of the city's visitors, adding to the 90 million people who have experienced Cirque worldwide.

Please see videos of their performances.