CirqueClub /// CirqueCon 2011 Visits IRIS

In May, 2004 over 30 Cirque du Soleil fans from all over North America converged on Vancouver, BC to see Quidam together during its visit there. Cirque du Soleil took notice of the group, provided a bit of a peek under the tent flap of the Grand Chapiteau and with a sprinkle of Cirque magic – voilà! – CirqueCon was born!

Calling themselves, “The Unofficial Gatherings of Cirque du Soleil Passionates,” the core organizing group has since taken CirqueCon to other exciting cities of the world, including Montréal, Las Vegas, Orlando, Tokyo, Mexico and New York City. This year marks their eighth gathering, and they’ve chosen to visit IRIS at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood the weekend of December 1-3, 2011. (You might recognize that weekend as also being the first few days of Cirque Week 2011 in Las Vegas – that makes nine Cirque shows with special fan-oriented activities close to each other!)

“The ‘idea’ of CirqueCon is based on camaraderie in a shared interest; fans gathering together to be with other fans,” says CirqueCon 2011 Chairman Keith Johnson. “To our surprise and delight, we have also found that whenever there is contact between these Passionate fans and Cirque artists and staff there is a magical, powerful connection. There is appreciation and wonder on both sides of the curtain, and the excitement felt by all attending is palpable and extends long after our ‘official’ events. With such powerful emotions at play, why wouldn’t we want to share it?”

CirqueCon defines “Passionates” as devoted Cirque du Soleil fans (which we think applies to everyone reading this!). Their weekend includes several opportunities for fans to meet other fans, including a Thursday evening “Meet & Greet”, Friday afternoon Group Meal and Saturday morning “Kaffeeklatsch.” And, as always, Cirque will be there to share a few secrets.

– The event runs from Thursday, December 1, 2011 to Saturday, December 3, 2011.

– IRIS tickets for the conference are for Friday, December 2, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

– The conference is organized by Keith Johnson, LouAnna Valentine and Ricky Russo.

This event is not being organized by Cirque du Soleil but we will be there to help make it an unforgettable weekend! For more information, please visit their website,

See you in December!

Check out the original post for pictures of the group!