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Thursday, March 10, 2011

British Columbians flock to circus-style shows
Wednesday, 09 March 2011
British Columbians’ love for the spectacle and flair of Cirque du Soleil has prompted the Montreal-based company, which generates about $1 billion in annual revenue, to plan more shows for this province. The conglomerate now operates 22 touring shows, including Quidam, which plays at Rogers Arena tonight through March 13.
Abbotsford, Victoria and Penticton will all soon see Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion.
“We’ve also got the Michael Jackson show, which is a partnership we have with the estate of Michael Jackson,” Cirque du Soleil’s vice-president of arena shows, Finn Taylor, told Business in Vancouver March 8. “It’s a full world tour built as if it were a Michael Jackson concert but with a Cirque du Soleil twist.”
The company’s Michael Jackson show launches in Montreal in October and plays in Vancouver November 4.
Taylor added, “Vancouver is somewhere that we probably didn’t come to early enough in our touring life. We’ve been touring Canada and North America for 25 years now. We only got out west in Canada in the last 10 years.”
Meanwhile, a circus-style show named Cavalia is coming to Vancouver for 19 performances starting March 22 under a white big-top tent at the Olympic Village.
Cavalia is the brainchild of Normand Latourelle, who is one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil.
Cavalia has toured the world, performing in front of 2.5 million people. It is an extravagant production with dozens of performers and 55 horses.

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