With the recent death of a Cirque du Soleil performer, I thought I would dedicate my post to talking about the performances, the history and why you should still go see a show.
The concept of Cirque du Soleil was created in the 1980’s after a town, just east of Quebec City had a group of entertainers that would breathe fire, juggle, walk on stilts and impress an audience with their talent, music and flashy shows. One of the men apart of this show was Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil.
In 1984, the show really started to take off when Laliberté convinced the province of Quebec to let his crew do a show to commemorate Jacques Cartier’s discover of Canada. From this day forward the show still hasn’t stopped and people are only wanting more.
The really awesome thing about Cirque is their dedication to global issues and charity. The show works together with valued partners to give back to over 80 communities in 20 countries. Their social responsibility efforts have inspired generations who knew Cirque as a staple show when they were children. The show is founded on the execution of arts, business and social initiatives that make a better world when they become one.
There are many different shows one can go see, each show has a different them and generally centers around a famous individual or group. Las Vegas features shows related to singers like Michael Jackson and the Beatles, while Kooza and Ka are beautiful stories. What show you see really depends on where you are. Each show doesn’t play everywhere and some people travel great distances to see the show they really want to see.
Cirque is a wonderful part of Canadian history and something that Guy and his team have given the world. I just love this show.