Special Series Archive

  • “What Ifs and If Onlys, Part 5 of 7”

    “What Ifs and If Onlys, Part 5 of 7”

    Wonder what Cirque du Soleil announced but didn’t quite come to fruition? Come with us as we rediscover and share what Cirque du Soleil announced but then quietly disappeared over the years. In this segment we Ease on Down the Road with The Wiz, review residences in Miami, Washington DC, and Singapore, and Cirque on TV.

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  • “The Cirque Sound: La Nouba”

    “The Cirque Sound: La Nouba”

    What defines Cirque du Soleil musically? Most fans would be surprised to know that most of these defining Cirque sounds are actually factory presets from Roland, Korg, E-MU and more! We continue now with La Nouba...

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  • “What Ifs and If Onlys, Part 4 of 7”

    “What Ifs and If Onlys, Part 4 of 7”

    Wonder what Cirque du Soleil announced but didn’t quite come to fruition? Come with us as we rediscover and share what Cirque du Soleil announced but then quietly disappeared over the years. In this segment we take a look at Complexes Cirque and The Peel Project.

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  • “The Cirque Sound: Saltimbanco”

    “The Cirque Sound: Saltimbanco”

    What defines Cirque du Soleil musically? Most fans would be surprised to know that most of these defining Cirque sounds are actually factory presets from Roland, Korg, E-MU and more! We continue now with Saltimbanco...

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  • “What Ifs and If Onlys, Part 3 of 7”

    “What Ifs and If Onlys, Part 3 of 7”

    Wonder what Cirque du Soleil announced but didn’t quite come to fruition? Come with us as we rediscover and share what Cirque du Soleil announced but then quietly disappeared over the years. In this segment we take a look at Heart Ibiza, Sama-Sama, and Cirque Residing in London.

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  • “What Ifs and If Onlys, Part 2 of 7”

    “What Ifs and If Onlys, Part 2 of 7”

    Wonder what Cirque du Soleil announced but didn't quite come to fruition? Come with us as we rediscover and share what Cirque du Soleil announced but then quietly disappeared over the years. In this segment we take a look at Cirque Residing in Berlin by 2000, Saltimbanco Pay-Per-View, Cirque in Vietnam, and more!

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  • “The Cirque Sound: Quidam”

    “The Cirque Sound: Quidam”

    What defines Cirque du Soleil musically? Most fans would be surprised to know that most of these defining Cirque sounds are actually factory presets from Roland, Korg, E-MU and more!

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  • “What Ifs and If Onlys, Part 1 of 7”

    “What Ifs and If Onlys, Part 1 of 7”

    Wonder what Cirque du Soleil announced but didn't quite come to fruition? Come with us as we rediscover and share what Cirque du Soleil announced but then quietly disappeared over the years.

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  • Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 12 of 12: “The Revelator”

    Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 12 of 12: “The Revelator”

    From the time Cirque du Soleil began performing in 1984, something fascinating occurred. Many people were moved to tears by the end of every performance. The comments we gathered from spectators were heartfelt and sincere. It was beautiful to see. People were touched by the originality and the simplicity of the spectacle. We were offering […]

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  • Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 11 of 12: “At the Summit”

    Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 11 of 12: “At the Summit”

    Early in the spring of 1995, we got a call from Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, asking us to perform at the G7 conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was a little inconvenient. Normally Cirque du Soleil didn’t take part in special events. Besides, it would mean quickly putting together a show with artists and […]

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  • Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 10 of 12: “Thinking Big”

    Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 10 of 12: “Thinking Big”

    Cirque du Soleil had a lot riding on a successful return to the European market in 1995. Repeating the errors we made in 1990 was not an option. This time we had to get it right. The company had grown in maturity and experience over the years. We had far more means at our disposal. […]

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  • Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 9 of 12: “A Little Farther West”

    Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 9 of 12: “A Little Farther West”

    A fascinating nation with a rich culture, Japan was eager to have us. In the autumn of 1987, Japanese producers were flocking to the big top in Los Angeles. But it took a few years for us to cut a deal. Fuji Television, the country’s biggest private TV network, became our privileged partner. The media […]

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  • Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 8 of 12: “First Steps Across the Sea”

    Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 8 of 12: “First Steps Across the Sea”

    For years, we’d dreamed of performing in Europe. We were convinced that there was a place for our shows there. In 1989, a business opportunity opened up for us. We needed a new show for our 1990-1991 North American tour, and Le Cirque réinventé (The Circus Reinvented) with which we had opened the United States, […]

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  • Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 7 of 12: “Strength in Diversity”

    Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 7 of 12: “Strength in Diversity”

    “Tickets, please!” It’s worth noting this aspect of Cirque du Soleil’s operations. Few companies can employ Cirque’s approach to customer service. It’s one of the great mysteries of modern management. One day, as the 20th century drew to a close, I was back in Montreal serving on a business conference panel on customer service. The […]

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  • Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 6 of 12: “Strategy”

    Jean David’s Quel Cirque, Part 6 of 12: “Strategy”

    We were quite open-minded toward our competition. There was no direct rivalry with traditional circuses. Our customers and products were very different from theirs; so we didn’t consider them rivals. Our real competition came essentially from cultural products like movies, festivals, theater, dance, and opera. Our clientele had a higher than average income, but they […]

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