New York Times
My wife took my cousin to see Cirque du Soleil at the Scotiabank Place in Kanata a few months ago. She thought it was a incredible experience.
I, personally, have never seen the show live, but I have watched it on television few times and was amazed by its sheer beauty. I did some research on the show and was surprised to find out it was started here in Canada.
Cirque du Soleil is French for “Circus of the Sun”. It was founded in 1984 by two street performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier in the town of Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada.
Originally named Les Échassiers, the two toured the province with their show starting in 1980. However, financial problems led to the Canadian government providing the company with a grant in 1983. The company was renamed, “Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil”.
Originally a one year project, the show continued and after many critical and financial successes in the late 1980s, “Nouvelle Expérience” was created, under the direction of Franco Dragone. The change not only made Cirque du Soleil profitable, but by 1990, allowed it to create new shows in other cities and towns.
Cirque du Soleil’s popularity over the next 20 years has vastly expanded beyond its Canadian borders. There are now approximately 3,500 employees from over 40 countries, producing 15 shows over every continent.
Every show is a mixture of circus styles from around the world, each with its own central theme and storyline. They draw the audience into the performance through continuous live music, with performers rather than stagehands changing props and without the use of curtains.
The unique aspect of Cirque du Soleil is that there is no ring and no animals used. That’s different than traditional circuses. They clarified their show as a new, modern circus or “Cirque Nouveau”.
Permanent shows in Las Vegas play to more than 9,000 people a night. Currently, there are six different Cirque du Soleil shows playing.
• “Mystere”, playing at Treasure Island, is a traditional
production that combines high-energy acrobatics, dramatic dance and elaborate
sets and costumes.
• “KA”, playing at the MGM Grand, explores love and conflict
through an adventurous journey in an ever-changing landscape.
• “Believe”, playing at the Luxor, features the famed
illusionist, Chris Angel, who takes you on a journey inside his vastly, creative
• “LOVE”, playing at the Mirage, celebrates the music of ‘The
Beatles’ infused with the performers who make Cirque du Soleil so legendary.
• “O”, playing at the Bellagio, paints a picture of an aquatic
production, filled with world-class synchronized swimmers, acrobats and
• and “Zumanity”, playing at New York-New York, is more of a
cabaret-style production that paints Cirque du Soleil’s, “sensual side.” It
blends playful innuendo with daring eroticism. (Not quite for the kids.)
Whatever you decide, consider watching one of Canada’s biggest success stories, Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. Join the many viewers who’ve encountered one of the most amazing entertainment experiences in the world.