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  2. About Cirque du Soleil

    Cirque du Soleil (French for "Circus of the Sun", in English sɜrk duː soʊˈleɪ) is an entertainment empire based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada located in Saint-Michel, and founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier.

    Initially named Les Échassiers they toured
    Quebec in 1980 as a performing troupe and encountered financial hardship that was relieved by a government grant in 1983 as part of 450th celebrations of Jacques Cartier's discovery of Canada. Each show is a synthesis of circus styles from around the world and has its own central theme and storyline which brings the audience into the performance by having no curtains, continuous live music and performers change the props. After critical and financial successes (Los Angeles Arts Festival) and failures in the late 1980s, Nouvelle Expérience was created with the direction of Franco Dragone that not only made Cirque profitable by 1990 but allowed it to create new shows. The multiple permanent Las Vegas shows alone play to more than 9,000 people a night—5% of the city's visitors—adding to the 70+ million people who have experienced Cirque. Cirque's creations have been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions, including Bambi, Rose d'Or, three Gemini Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2004, Interbrand's poll of brand names with the highest global impact ranked Cirque du Soleil as number 22.

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    1. Cirque du Soleil has a great reputation, and when people go to Las Vegas, they more often than not want to see something produced by Cirque du Soleil.
      In Big Stars on Small Budgets
    2. These pop-up retail initiatives are all the rage; quickly drawing in captivated crowds and then disappearing or morphing into something else, adding to retail the fresh feel, exclusivity and surprise that galleries, nightclubs, theatres and Cirque du Soleil-adepts have been using for years.
      In VDA Productions Masterminds Pop-Up Retail Component for Viridian’s “PowerUP!” 2012 Annual Convention