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.

Cirque du Soleil CEO Says Sales Up Big; Rehiring Underway
Things are looking up as the nation and world continues to reopen, according to Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre. In an interview with CNBC, the executive spoke of strong demand for upcoming performances, and plans to bring much of the companies’ workforce back. “Every day we sell the... Read more
Cirque du Soleil Files for Bankruptcy, Lays Off 3,480 Workers
Cirque du Soleil is filing for bankruptcy protection, and will lay off 3,480 workers as part of an attempt to restructure its business to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization is headquartered in Montreal but runs performances in cities across the globe. According to Fast Company, it’s initial filing... Read more
Cirque Du Soleil Temporarily Lays Off 95% Of Staff Following Cancelled Shows
Contemporary circus titan Cirque du Soleil has temporarily laid off nearly its entire staff after shows were halted due to the coronavirus’ widespread impact across the live event industry. Earlier this week, the Montreal-based company announced it was suspending operations of all shows. The affected productions include seven residencies... Read more
Cirque du Soleil Performance Cut Short After Acrobat’s Fall
A Cirque du Soleil acrobat who was performing in The Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas earlier this week took a fall, causing producers to cut the show short. During the show, which took place this past Sunday, the aerial artist fell during the finale. The show was stopped... Read more
Chiefs vs. Colts Claims Top Spot on Weekend Best-Sellers
Yesterday’s Kansas City Chiefs game against the Indianapolis Colts took the No. 1 spot on the weekend’s best-sellers after stealing the top spot for most of the past week. The Chiefs ultimately lost to the Colts, but that hasn’t stopped fans from snatching up tickets to see them at... Read more
Raptors Presales, Cirque du Soleil Among Tickets on Sale Wednesday
The Toronto Raptors’ home games and Cirque du Soleil’s new show are among tickets available Wednesday. The Toronto Raptors will defend their first NBA championship without last year’s MVP Kawhi Leonard, creating a challenging upcoming season for the team. Select games at the Raptors’ Scotiabank Arena will go on... Read more
Primary Lobbyists Give Confusing Testimony to Nevada Legislature
In public testimony given before the Nevada Assembly Committee on Judiciary on May 6, primary industry lobbyists gave testimony regarding Senate Bill 131, which features a number of provisions designed to strip consumers of rights related to the resale of tickets. While there is a great deal of content... Read more
Rock Concerts Rule Valentine’s Day Onsales
Music lovers will get a gift this Valentine’s Day as dozens of new concerts have tickets for sale. Rock concerts in particular are a dominant force, with new shows from Aerosmith, OAR, Beck & Cage the Elephant, Coheed and Cambria, Foreginer and Heart among the listings. All of those... Read more
Third Eye Blind, Chris Stapleton, New Found Glory Among Friday Onsales
Music fans have plenty of new shows to add to their calendars, with a host of upcoming concert tours dominating Friday’s new ticket sales. Among the many notable shows are headlining gigs from Third Eye Blind with Jimmy Eat World, Chris Stapleton, John Mayer, Nicky Jam, Norah Jones, New... Read more
Chris Stapleton, Pink Headline Tuesday Tickets On Sale
Chris Stapleton, Pink and Muse were all previously confirmed as performers in an intimate Los Angeles-based concert series leading up to the 2019 Grammy Awards. Now, those shows – held at the Hollywood Palladium – have tickets up for grabs on Tuesday. Stapleton leads the charge with several of... Read more