Exploring Cirque du Soleil

June 29, 2015

By Tab Byrum

This week as the final installment of my collaboration with Assouline Publishing we are going to look at a book they’ve put out entitled Backstage: Cirque du Soleil, but you have to wait until tomorrow to see and hear about the book, today we are going to talk about Cirque du Soleil itself. Cirque du Soleil was founded in 1984 in Montreal, Canada by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté, and Gilles Ste-Croix and has gone from one show in 1984 to more than 30 in 2015.

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The name Cirque du Soleil translates to Circus of the Sun, and each of the shows is a combination of circus styles from around the world, with each show having a theme and telling a story. The shows use live music, sometimes singers and bring in performers from around the world. The design aspects of Cirque are a little overwhelming if you think about it from the stage and sets, costumes, equipment and it goes on and on.  The first Cirque show I ever saw was Mystere in Las Vegas, I remember being utterly amazed and have seen a few more over the years

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The combination of the music, colors, costumes and the stunts and feats executed by the performers is always beautiful. The Cirque du Soleil brand is made up of both traveling shows and permanent shows, Las Vegas is currently home to the most permanent shows and playing to more than nine thousand people a night. Let’s raise the curtain on Cirque du Soleil and take a peek at scenes from shows and come back tomorrow when we look at Backstage: Cirque du Soleil. Enjoy!!!

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