Formed in Baie Saint Paul in 1984, Cirque du Soleil now ranks among the world’s pre-eminent cultural organizations.
A series of special activities will mark the Cirque’s 25th anniversary in Québec and around the world, including benefit galas in Montréal, Québec City and Toronto for Guy Laliberté’s One Drop Foundation, which aims to expand access to safe drinking water, as well as the AQUA project, which will be held at the Montréal Science Centre beginning in April. Over the summer, a number of Québec organizations, including the Old Port of Montréal Corporation and the Town of Baie Saint Paul, will pay tribute to the Cirque. International partners, including the Fuji Group and the Port of Santa Monica, will also be organizing commemorative events.
In a fitting coincidence, the Cirque will be unveiling its 25th creation this year, a touring show provisionally titled Cirque 2009, in addition to a new Elvis tribute in Las Vegas. This year, the Cirque will be presenting 20 simultaneous productions around the world. On June 16, the Cirque’s “birthday”, spectators will be given clown noses and will be asked to put them on at a certain point during the show!
Approximately 90 million people have attended Cirque du Soleil productions over the years. The Montréal-based company has over 4,000 employees, including 1,000 artists, from some 40 countries.
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