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Cirque du Soleil (in Spanish, «Circo del Sol») is an entertainment company and the largest theater producer in the world. It is based in Montreal (Canada). Although it was founded in 1984 by Gilles Ste-Croix and Guy Laliberté, its origin dates back a decade ago, when Ste-Croix assumed the administration of the Le Balcon Vert hostel, in the Canadian town of Baie-Saint-Paul, a meeting point for young travelers interested in the dissemination of cultural and musical activities. Its name refers to the “youth, energy, strength” conceived by Laliberté when establishing it as a circus with an international presence.
Their shows combine music, dance and circus acts that include contortionism, aerial dance, juggling, acrobatics and gymnastics on trapezoids, wires or strings, trampolines, among others, and are characterized by having a plot as the guiding thread of production. For its first exhibition, Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil, a tent was used to house up to 800 people. Since then, they have given more than forty shows around the world, both walking – in a tent or sand – and fixed events held in a proscenium of a hotel, casino or theme park.
Cirque has won several awards, such as a Rose d'Or, a Bambi award, three Drama Desk in the category of “Unique theater experience”, Gemini awards, Primetime Emmy awards and a couple of stars on the Walk of Fame from Hollywood and on the Canada Walk of Fame, and its productions have been presented in more than 300 cities in different countries, seen annually by up to eleven million people. In addition to its shows, other products and services of the company include films and television series, multimedia content for public and private events, social programs, video games, clothing and accessories, among others.

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