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Cirque du Soleil (Established 1984)



  • Existence: Established 1984


Cirque du Soleil is a multi-award winning Canadian entertainment company and the largest and best known contemporary circus producer in the world.

Founded in 1984 by street performers Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, Cirque du Soleil expanded rapidly through the 1990s and 2000s to become an international success. By the mid-2000s, 90% of the company had been sold to investment groups TPG Capital, Fosun Capital Group, and La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and continued expanding its activities.

However, in 2020, having had to cancel all its shows due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cirque du Soleil filed for bankruptcy. Later that year the company was sold to Jim Murren and Canadian investment company Catalyst Capital, who have continued operating it.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Chinese Circus, Cirque du Soleil, Quidan, Australian National Circus, Louie Knie and Circus Hinter den Kulissen Films, 1997 - 2000

Reference code: 178D13.3
Scope and Contents ARTE TV, ProSieven, IS TV Interspot Film. Colour and black and white, sound and background music. DVD 1 assorted clips of the Shengyan New Chinese Circus performing acts including balancing, acrobatics, clowning, aerial and contorsionist acts, also behind the scenes circus life and scenes in China, narrated in German, tv programme by Pierre Fournier Bidoz and Dominique Mauclair for Arte TV 1999. Cirque du Soleil performing 'Quidan' including aerial acts, clowning, juggling and singing in...
Dates: 1997 - 2000

Circus Friends Association Collection

Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

Circus Knie, Chinese Circus, Rivalen der Manege,23 Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, Magie, Melo et Music-Hall 'What a Wonderful World' and Cirque de Soleil Films, 1987 - 2002

Reference code: 178D13.17
Scope and Contents School TV, Corona Filmproduktion, ARTE, Cirque de Soleil Images inc and Serpents Film Production. Colour, sound and background music. DVD1 Franco Knie documentary contains interviews, behind the scenes footage, circus build up and show, narrated in German tv broadcast, Rivalen der Manege circus film in German, 02:05:28 mins. DVD2 23 Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, Magie, Melo et Music-Hall 'What a Wonderful World' tv broadcast with Cirque d'Hiver narrated in German 2002-2003, Cirque...
Dates: 1987 - 2002

Circus Roncalli First 15 Years and Cirque du Soleil 'Saltimbanco' Films, 1991 - 1994

Reference code: 178D13.4
Scope and Contents

WDR, VCI (Video Collection International), Les Productions Telemagik. Colour, sound and background music. DVD 1 'The Trip to the Rainbow' documentary, narrated in German covering the 15th anniversary performance of Circus Roncalli and interviews, produced by WDR 1991, 01:31:28 mins. Cirque du Soleil performing 'Saltimbanco', 1994,tv broadcast, 01:20:13 mins. Canada.

Dates: 1991 - 1994

Cirque du Soleil, Gandey - The Early Days, Four Towns and a Circus, Wild at Heart, 12th Monte Carlo Circus Festival and Trapeze Films, 1956 - 1994

Reference code: 178D13.8
Scope and Contents Channel 4, Les Productions Fildefer Ink, Granada Production, Polivideo. Colour and black and white, sound and background music. DVD1 Cirque du Soleil 1988, tv broadcast narrated in English, contains commercial advertising, clip from Bandits of the Rio Grande, Night Time programme, 'About Britain' documentary series on Gandey's Circus entitled 'This England, Little Big Top' c1960s showing behind the scenes footage, setting up the circus, interviews and circus scenes, 'Four Towns and a Circus'...
Dates: 1956 - 1994

Films, 1927 - 2007

Reference code: 178D13
Scope and Contents

Compilation of circus films showing acts on the ring as well as interviews with performers and proprietors, mainly produced by tv companies in the UK and Europe. Many of them narrated in German.

Dates: 1927 - 2007

The Magnificent Showman, Cirque du Soleil and Ken Dodd Films, 1964 - 1990

Reference code: 178D13.14
Scope and Contents

Bronston Studios, Telemagik Productions Inc., Thames Television Plc. Colour, sound and background music. DVD1 The Magnificent Showman starring Claudia Cardinale, John Wayne and Rita Hayworth, 02:11:51 mins. DVD2 Cirque du Soleil tv broadcast 1989, Ken Dodd at the London Palladium 1990 tv broadcast, includes other acts, a Thames Television production for ITV, other TV programmes at the end, 02:29:21 mins. America and England.

Dates: 1964 - 1990

Additional filters:

Archival Object 6
Collection 1
Acrobats 2
Aerialists 3
Animal trainers 1
Animals 2
Art 1