Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun) are the world famous Canadian based entertainment company and are the largest theatrical producer in the world.
Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix who were a pair of former street performers in Montreal Canada, around the Baie-Saint-Paul area had toured Quebec under the guise of Les Échassiers (The Waders). Receiving a government grant in 1983 from the Canada Council for the Arts the duo took their show Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil to success in 1984.
Recruiting Guy Caron from the National Circus School the founders went on to develop and create a ‘real circus’ experience without involvement of animals, instead focusing on physical movement and character driven contemporary performance.
Over a number of years of modest success and some failures the group finally started to become profitable in the 1990s, allowing for a rapid expansion through to the 2000s, including permanent residencies in Las Vegas.
Today the shows rotate from new productions to much loved classics with fans eager to see the shows, snapping up tickets in their thousands daily. From early favourites like Saltimbanco, Mystère, Alegría as well as specials like Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour and Viva Elvis, Cirque du Soleil continue to be world leaders.