From humble street acts to worldwide success: who are Cirque du Soleil?




Inside every adult there's still a child that lingers
Guy Laliberté

Many of you have heard of Cirque du Soleil, but do you know it’s story? You might be surprised to learn that the famous Canadian entertainment company, which is now considered to be the largest contemporary circus producer in the world, was not always such a massive presence in the entertainment world. In fact, Cirque du Soleil was founded by former street performers back in 1984.

Prior to that, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix in Baie-Saint-Paul were known as Les Échassiers ("The Waders"), a performing troupe that toured Quebec in various forms between 1979 and 1983. It was only in 1984 that they managed to secure their first ever official production: Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil. The production then expanded rapidly through the 1990s and 2000s, from one show to 19 shows in over 300 cities on six continents!

But what was it about Cirque de Soilel that made it so special? Well, its theatrical, character-driven approach and the absence of performing animals have surely helped to define Cirque du Soleil as a contemporary circus like no other. Each Cirque du Soleil production is a synthesis of circus styles from around the world, with its own central theme and storyline. The shows employ continuous live music with performers, rather than stagehands, changing the props.

The company's creations have received numerous prizes and distinctions, including seven Primetime Emmy Awards, a Daytime Emmy Award and even a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, to name but a few!

Cirque du Soleil first came to Malta in 2019 with the fantastic show Vitori and once again graced the Mediterranean Conference Centre in 2021, following the COVID-19 pandemic, with Fieri.

This year, Cirque du Soleil will be presenting a brand-new production created exclusively for Malta, Amora! The show will be composed of 12 acrobatic acts that, in true Cirque du Soleil fashion, will tell a beautiful story. The story centres around a clumsy but lovable character, Bruno, who falls in love with the seemingly unreachable Loulou. Amora is not only a love story between Bruno and Loulou, but also a love letter to the beauty and richness of Malta, and to the circus arts.

The shows are set to take place at he Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, from November 24 to December 18. Don’t miss this unforgettable experience, and get your tickets here.

Shanna Mercieca


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