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  • Kelly: Why is Quebec bailing out the majority American-owned Cirque du Soleil?

    Kelly: Why is Quebec bailing out the majority American-owned Cirque du Soleil?

    There is an Alice in Wonderland quality to the Quebec government’s plan to bail out the Cirque du Soleil. When Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon announced earlier this week that his government was giving a US$200 million loan to the world-famous Montreal-based circus, he said they were doing this first and foremost because they wanted the troubled Cirque to remain under Quebec control.

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  • Founder Guy Laliberté will bid to buy back Cirque du Soleil

    Founder Guy Laliberté will bid to buy back Cirque du Soleil

    Cirque du Soleil founder and former CEO Guy Laliberté wants to get back into the circus biz. On Sunday on the popular Radio-Canada talk show Tout le monde en parle, Laliberté announced he is going to launch a bid to try to buy back the Cirque du Soleil. In an opinion piece in the Gazette earlier this month, Laliberté wrote: “A few days before the registration deadline for the battle royal, I am deciding whether or not I’m going to jump into that wrestling ring. …” On Sunday he jumped into the ring.

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  • Artists claim Cirque owes nearly $1M in unpaid contract work

    Artists claim Cirque owes nearly $1M in unpaid contract work

    Around 60 contract workers at Cirque du Soleil claim they haven’t been paid for services provided before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, totalling nearly $1 million in unpaid bills. In an open letter to the media, the Regroupement des Artisans des Arts du Cirque (RAAC) estimates that the average unpaid bill stands at around $16,000. For several of the artists, that number represents a significant portion of their yearly income.

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  • CirqueTech: Paramour & Clear-Com’s HelixNet & FreeSpeak II

    CirqueTech: Paramour & Clear-Com’s HelixNet & FreeSpeak II

    Hamburg's Stage Theater, Neue Flora, relied on Clear-Com's digital wireless solutions for the production of Cirque du Soleil's new musical, Paramour. The musical had already experienced great success on Broadway and had geared up for its European premiere at one of Germany's largest stage theatres.

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  • Buyout giant hoping to profit off Cirque Bankruptcy

    Buyout giant hoping to profit off Cirque Bankruptcy

    The private equity giant that rode Cirque du Soleil to the brink of bankruptcy now wants to share in the spoils, The Post has learned. Texas-based TPG Capital has positioned itself to make money from a highly anticipated bankruptcy by turning itself into a lender in a last-minute maneuvering that has the company’s existing lenders crying foul.

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  • New York Times: Will Cirque du Soleil Rise Again?

    New York Times: Will Cirque du Soleil Rise Again?

    In the space of weeks, Cirque du Soleil was forced to shutter 44 shows in dozens of cities, has temporarily laid off 95 percent of its work force, and stopped payments to dozens of show creators. Even before the pandemic, the sprawling company was struggling with bloat. Now, with no certainty on the timing of a coronavirus vaccine or when cities will allow large public gatherings again, some are asking whether Cirque can survive.

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  • Cirque in Talks on Quebec Loan of Up To $355 Million

    Cirque in Talks on Quebec Loan of Up To $355 Million

    Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, which shut down all of its shows because of the coronavirus pandemic, is in talks to borrow as much as C$500 million ($355 million) from the government of Quebec, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

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  • Laliberté: “Ensuring a bright future for Cirque du Soleil”

    Laliberté: “Ensuring a bright future for Cirque du Soleil”

    The paralysis of Cirque du Soleil’s activities due to the pandemic has been making waves, and for me, has triggered a flood of emotions. Even though I’m no longer the company’s owner, I will always be its founder; I have devoted half of my life to Cirque, and its success will always be close to my heart.

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  • Las Vegas favorite Cirque du Soleil in financial battle

    Las Vegas favorite Cirque du Soleil in financial battle

    Cirque CEO Daniel Lamarre mapped the company’s ongoing revenue challenges during a phone chat last week. Most recently, the company has been thrown a lifeline from ownership partners TPG Capital, Chinese investment company Fosun and the Canadian government pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CPCQ). All are multibillion-dollar entities.

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  • Cirque Gets US$50 Million in Emergency Funds

    Cirque Gets US$50 Million in Emergency Funds

    The Cirque du Soleil has received an emergency injection of US$50 million from its three main shareholders to try to keep it afloat. The shareholders are American private equity investment firm TPG Capital, Chinese investment company Fosun and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

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  • Statement by Quebecor on Cirque du Soleil “Rescue”

    Statement by Quebecor on Cirque du Soleil “Rescue”

    Quebecor wants to secure the future of the Cirque's activities in Montréal and in Québec, and we have all the assets and expertise required to do so. Quebecor is well capitalized and has the substantial financial resources required for the revival of the Cirque.

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  • Quebecor Eyeing Cirque du Soleil

    Quebecor Eyeing Cirque du Soleil

    Quebecor poses as a savior of Cirque du Soleil and has just indicated its interest in this direction, La Presse has learned. Cirque maintains that Quebecor is also waging a campaign to harm its recovery, thereby benefiting from lower valuation to buy it.

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  • Felix & Paul Release “Alegría – A Spark of Light”

    Felix & Paul Release “Alegría – A Spark of Light”

    Felix & Paul Studios announced today the release of a brand new virtual reality experience created and produced through their EMMY® award-winning collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. Utilizing Felix & Paul Studios’ proprietary 3D 360° camera platform, this new experience entitled Alegría – A Spark of Light takes the viewer inside the iconic Cirque du Soleil show.

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  • Fayolle, the high-flying freestyler

    Fayolle, the high-flying freestyler

    Gautier Fayolle is the world’s leading exponent of freestyle football. Now using his skills in the entertainment world as part of the Messi 10 show. He gives his advice on taking up freestyle.

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  • Felix & Paul to Release Alegría – A Spark Of Light This Week

    Felix & Paul to Release Alegría – A Spark Of Light This Week

    Felix & Paul Studios has a long illustrious history creating live-action immersive content, especially when it comes to working with Cirque du Soleil. The studio has now revealed its latest collaboration Alegría – A Spark of Light due for release in a couple of days.

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