A peek at the business behind the spectacle of Cirque du Soleil

There’s an old expression “Everyone loves a circus show.” Cirque du Soleil® has made that statement a global reality, thanks to the imaginative, awe-inspiring and moving productions they have mounted all around the world.

Since 1984, more than 100 million spectators have seen a Cirque du Soleil show. This year close to 15 million people will see a performance. Many of us carry with us a vivid memory of otherworldly sets and costumes, haunting music and eye-popping feats of acrobatics.

When asked what goes on behind the scenes to launch one of these shows, however, most of us have a less clear picture. That’s why we’re bringing you a new video series, “Behind the Scenes with Cirque du Soleil.” Each of four episodes offers a unique perspective on the newest Big Top show from Cirque du Soleil, Amaluna™. You’ll be introduced to members of the artistic, creative and production teams and will watch them work under tremendous pressure to make sure “the show goes on”.

The lasting impression is that, as well as an entertainment spectacle, Cirque du Soleil is a complex and highly successful business that is skilled at solving operational challenges.

One of the ways that Cirque du Soleil solves these challenges is with mobile technologies. The videos show how mobile technologies help solve some of the trials of keeping a large and highly mobile organization connected and working effectively together. Rogers is proud to be the official wireless provider of Cirque du Soleil Touring Shows.

Episode 1: Making Music

In the first episode, The composers of Amaluna, Bob and Bill, work day and night to make sure the musical score is fully integrated with the overall creative vision of the show – and ready for opening night.

Stay tuned for next week’s episode, when we meet Iuliia, one of the gifted performers of Amaluna.

Have you ever seen a Cirque du Soleil show?

Geoffrey is a regular contributor to Redboard Biz

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  1. Fan. Tas. Tic. It’s always humbling and inspiring to see what goes on behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil. I can’t wait for the next episode!

    As for shows…I have been lucky enough to see Varekai, Corteo, KA (seen twice), Kooza, Dralion, Totem, and Ovo. I was an usher for Ovo while it was in Portland and enjoyed it every single time. By the end of this year, I will have also seen Quidam and Kooza for a second time.

    • Thanks for your comment, Liz. You sound like a Cirque du Soleil super-fan! I hope you enjoy Amaluna as much as the other shows when it tours near you. Be sure to check back on RedboardBiz next week for the next of four “Behind the Scenes” videos!