Founded in 1980 by Guy Laliberte and Daniel Gauthier, “Les Echassiers” incorporated street-entertainment influence into the dramatic circus. Since starting with a single show, Cirque du Soleil now has numerous touring shows, and is one of the most successful performance troupes in live entertainment. The shows include “Kooza,” “Ovo,” “Dralion,” and “Varekai,” and several permanent residency shows, including “Lystere,” “La Nouba,” “Ka,” and “Viva Elvis.” Each show has unique cultural style and music, ranging from the dark and heavy “Alegria” to the peace-inspiring “Saltimbanco,” which was also the first show to play outside North America. Major upcoming plans for the circus include a permanent residency at “The Atlantis,” at the Palm Resort in Dubai in 2012.

The contemporary Quebec-based circus had anything but an easy start, despite being one of the most world-renowned circuses in the world today. Though their first tour in 1984, “Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil,” met with success, following performances outside of Canada had a lukewarm reception and drove the company into debt. If it hadn’t been for government grants, the Desjardins Group covering bad checks, and financier Daniel Lamarre representing the company for free, Cirque du Soleil would have succumbed to bankruptcy.

NY premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
In March 2013, Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” will make its New York premiere under the big top in a parking lot at Citi Field in Queens. “Totem” opened in 2010 in Montreal, Canada, where it was described as “a true wow” by the Montreal Gazette according to Felicia Lee... Read more
Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Zarkana’ opens in Las Vegas
“Zarkana,” a magical acrobatic rock opera experience will mesmerize audience members on the Las Vegas strip as another Cirque du Soleil production. Preview performances began on November 1 at the Elvis Theatre in Aria Resort & Casino. The preview performances will run through November 11 and the show will... Read more
Jeff Dunham, Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil tickets on sale this weekend
Tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, as well as tickets to shows from comedian Jeff Dunham are on sale throughout the weekend ending November 8 as compiled by TicketNews. Kicking off this week’s onsales are tickets to catch one of today’s most popular comedians... Read more
Allman Brothers Band may be displaced by Cirque du Soleil at Beacon Theatre
The Allman Brothers Band has played 190 shows over the course of its annual 15-show residencies at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The really hot ticket for the band’s next March Madness would have been the 200th performance at the Upper West Side venue. However, that 200th... Read more
Cirque du Soleil Kooza in Washington, D.C.
Cirque du Soleil will return to the Washington, D.C. area at a new venue this fall with its latest touring production, called KOOZA. The show is set to open on Oct. 30 at The Plateau at National Harbor under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (big top) for a limited... Read more