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Cirque du Soleil

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Cirque du Soleil (French for "Circus of the Sun") is an entertainment company founded by Guy Lalibert, a former fire-eater, in 1984 and based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It has several resident and touring troupes and draws heavily from the circus tradition. Emphasizing the use of humans as performers, Cirque du Soleil does not make use of animals. Instead, its performances combine elements of street performances, circus, opera, and rock music. Acts include contortionists, jugglers, feats of strength, clowning, and trapeze artists. Their costumes are very colorful and creative, setting a festive and lively atmosphere.

Cline Dion's A New Day…, a resident show in Las Vegas and produced by Franco Dragone (a director of Cirque du Soleil), was inspired by Cirque du Soleil. However, it is not a Cirque show.

Cirque du Soleil has produced a number of IMAX movies (the most well-known is perhaps The Journey of Man), performance DVDs, and soundtrack CDs.

The troupe was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

Touring troupes

Resident troupes

The resident troupes have established homes in two of the entertainment centers of the United States: Las Vegas, Nevada, and Orlando, Florida.

Cirque will be performing permanently at Walt Disney World Tokyo beginning in 2008. Cirque will also preform at The Mirage in Las Vegas in a new show that will feature the music of The Beatles (Opening unknown). It is meant as a replacement for Siegfried and Roy.

External links

fr:Cirque du Soleil ja:シルク・ドゥ・ソレイユ nl:Cirque du Soleil

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