Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Timeline of Quebec's Beloved Cirque Du Soleil

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Timeline of Quebec's Beloved Cirque Du Soleil

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A timeline of Quebec's beloved Cirque

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MONTREAL - A U.S. private equity firm is reportedly close to completing a deal to take over Cirque du soleil, Quebec's world-famous circus company.

A timeline:

1984 -- To mark the 450th anniversary of French explorer Jacques Cartier's arrival in Canada, the Quebec government hires Guy Laliberte and Gilles Ste-Croix's troupe of about 20 street performers. They create the Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil, and take the show on the road to 11 Quebec communities.

1985 -- The troupe travels beyond Quebec for the first time, playing in Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls, and then onto western cities a year later. By 1987, it performs in California and earns raves reviews for its We Reinvent the Circus show.

1990 -- We Reinvent the Circus goes to London and Paris.

1994 -- The company marks its 10th anniversary with the show Alegria, opening in Montreal. It plays in 250 cities for more than 14 million audience members, closing in December 2013. …

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