Cirque du Soleil Inspires Study of Circus Arts

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The circus is one of the oldest forms of entertainment and has intrigued children and adults around the world for centuries. Cirque du Soleil has transformed many people’s idea of what a circus is. Instead of animals performing tricks for audience members’ amusement, which is no longer considered acceptable by many people as evidenced by recent changes in the removal of elephants from circus acts such as the Ringling Brothers, Cirque du Soleil delights spectators with acrobatic acts and vibrant costumes.

Cirque du Soleil was started in Canada in 1984 by a group of young street performers. It has grown into the largest theatrical producer in the world. Performances combine elements of circuses from around several countries to create a new and unique art form.

Interest in circuses is growing internationally. This can be seen not only in attendance at events like Cirque du Soleil, but also in enrollment at schools where students can learn the skills necessary to perform under the big top. Schools such as the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts teach new performers the arts of trapeze work, juggling, and other skills.

The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts started in 2000 with a handful of students at a house in Germantown. After a few years, the school moved from the house to several rented studio spaces spread across the city of Philadelphia. Enrollment increased to 100 students in 2008, and the school opened a new facility. Students at the school learn aerial rope, trapeze and sling work, acrobatics, tight-wire, and other performing arts skills.

Cirque du Soleil is planning a new production, which is entitled “OVO.” The show will be the first to tell a story. The production is about a ladybug that falls in love with a fly. The performance includes cast members dressed as a host of other insects in colorful costumes, music, and ten acrobatic acts.

On Broadway has tickets available for current performances of Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, which premiered at the Lyric Theater in New York City on May 25, as well as for other performances in locations across the United States. Reserve your tickets now for you and your family or friends to see this breathtaking work of art in person.

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