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  • Daniel Lamarre: from $1bn to zero revenues in 48 hours

    Daniel Lamarre: from $1bn to zero revenues in 48 hours

    Daniel Lamarre knows about high-wire acts — and not only the metaphorical kind. In 20 years as chief operating officer then chief executive, he helped lead Cirque du Soleil through changes of control, the global financial crisis, and natural and commercial disasters. He had always managed to keep the Montreal-based circus group’s overall show on the road. Until March 2020.

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  • Why Cirque’s CEO Believes Leadership Is A Two-Way Tightrope

    Why Cirque’s CEO Believes Leadership Is A Two-Way Tightrope

    During an interview with Lamarre, he made mention of a technique he refers to as “knowing when to step up and step back.” He believes leaders should always be on the hunt for new and creative ideas. That’s the “step up” trait. But Lamarre also encourages leaders to develop the skills that allow team members’ ideas to come to you effortlessly. Hence, “step back.”

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  • What Daniel Lamarre Learned About Creativity From Working With the Beatles

    What Daniel Lamarre Learned About Creativity From Working With the Beatles

    In his new book, Balancing Acts, Lamarre, now executive vice-chairman of the board, shares his insights into the nature of creativity as an essential part of management in all industries. In this excerpt from his book, Lamarre describes the genesis of the unique collaboration between Cirque and the Beatles, which resulted in the only live show in which Beatles recorded music and images have ever been used since the breakup of the legendary band more than 50 years ago—and one of the biggest shows in Cirque's history.

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  • Lamarre on Emerging From Bankruptcy and Lessons for Success

    Lamarre on Emerging From Bankruptcy and Lessons for Success

    In this Q&A with Lamarre, he discusses his thoughts on Cirque's recovery from the months without any performances, how digital fits into the future of Cirque and live entertainment, the essential place of creativity in business and more.

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  • Cirque’s ‘Love’ postpones 4 shows at Mirage

    Cirque’s ‘Love’ postpones 4 shows at Mirage

    It’s not a secret on the Las Vegas entertainment scene that “Love” at the Mirage has been struggling at the box office throughout the city’s pandemic reopening. The show has now canceled four shows, running Tuesday through Saturday.

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  • 31 Days Of Plots: R.U.N. By Cirque du Soleil

    31 Days Of Plots: R.U.N. By Cirque du Soleil

    Live Design's fourth annual 31 Days Of Plots features one production per day during the month of December 2021, highlighting a different lighting design, from across theatre, concert tours, corporate events, live for broadcast, and more, as we wind down 2021 and head toward the new year. Day 17 of 31 Days Of Plots 2021 kicks into high gear with the extreme action show, R.U.N. by Cirque du Soleil.

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  • An Excerpt from Daniel Lamarre’s Book: How Creativity Turned Cirque du Soleil Into an International Success

    An Excerpt from Daniel Lamarre’s Book: How Creativity Turned Cirque du Soleil Into an International Success

    In an excerpt from his new book Balancing Acts, the circus’s longtime leader reveals the source of the business magic.

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  • Meet Vincent Lavoie, a Tumbler in Alegria

    Meet Vincent Lavoie, a Tumbler in Alegria

    Under the Big Top at Sam Houston Race Park, Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría continues to wow audiences during its return engagement following their canceled shows in March 2020. It’s Cirque du Soleil’s first touring show to relaunch since the world’s largest circus producer had to shut down during the pandemic. (Yes, intermission is officially over.)

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  • Stéphane Lefebvre named Cirque du Soleil CEO

    Stéphane Lefebvre named Cirque du Soleil CEO

    A soft-spoken bookkeeper with a low-key profile will now take the spotlight at Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group as the circus giant tries to reconstruct a business shattered by the coronavirus pandemic. The famed troupe said Tuesday it is naming Stéphane Lefebvre, a chartered accountant who has been Cirque’s operations chief for the past year, as its chief executive officer, effective Dec. 1.

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  • Orlando Weekly: “Drawn to Life” is Charming

    Orlando Weekly: “Drawn to Life” is Charming

    Cirque du Soleil's Drawn to Life at Disney Springs, originally slated to debut days before the pandemic struck, follows a young girl who finds her late father's enchanted animator's desk and falls into a dreamscape inspired by Disney classics. The international circus acts Cirque has assembled are once again breathtaking, but this time they've been cleverly themed around vintage cartoons and the basic principles of hand-drawn animation.

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  • Cirque is Back in Town With ‘Twas the Night Before…

    Cirque is Back in Town With ‘Twas the Night Before…

    After a long dark night in circus and indeed performing arts history, Santa is back on stage, and his elves and reindeer are there too, full of hype for the coming holidays. At the Chicago Theatre until December 5, you and the family can catch the Cirque du Soleil show ‘Twas the Night Before…

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  • BWW: “Drawn to Life” Is Nothing Less Than Actual Magic

    BWW: “Drawn to Life” Is Nothing Less Than Actual Magic

    "The intermission is over." With that bold pronouncement Thursday night from Daniel Lamarre, CEO at Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney World welcomed its circus-in-residency back to Disney Springs, the resort's shop-and-dine district, with an all-new show - the first since Cirque's La Nouba wrapped a two-decade run there in 2017.

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  • Frommers: “Drawn to Life” Is the Best Show at WDW

    Frommers: “Drawn to Life” Is the Best Show at WDW

    Rebirth is painful, but one often returns the richer for it. On November 18, 2021, Drawn to Life finally debuted at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs. I don't know how much of the show was sharpened over the pandemic, but the result isn't only something that was worth the long wait. I’ve never been touched by a Cirque show before, but this one choked me up.

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  • The Orlando Sentinel: “Drawn to Life” Has its Thrills

    The Orlando Sentinel: “Drawn to Life” Has its Thrills

    The arts are soaring again at Disney Springs. Champagne was poured, speeches were made and even self-proclaimed “biggest Disney geek in the world” John Stamos showed up to celebrate. Disney and Cirque aren’t perfect partners, but ‘Drawn to Life’ has thrills aplenty.

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  • Drawn to Life opens at Walt Disney World Resort!

    Drawn to Life opens at Walt Disney World Resort!

    The highly anticipated new collaboration from Cirque du Soleil and Disney, Drawn to Life, premiered Thursday night at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort to a full house of enthusiastic fans who demonstrated their appreciation with a lengthy standing ovation.

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