QUEBEC: HOME TO THE WORLD'S MOST SUCCESSFUL CIRCUS
In the 1970s, street entertainers became popular in Quebec, particularly in Montreal, with its flourishing bohemian arts scene. In 1981, a group of talented clowns helped form the École de cirque du Québec. Little did they know they were sowing the seeds of an entertainment giant: Cirque du Soleil. Founded in 1984 as an enthusiastic amateur troupe, Cirque du Soleil went on to become the biggest circus in the world.
How did Quebec, without a real circus tradition, produce this international success story? Listen to various players recount the fascinating story of the circus arts in Quebec and see how popular theatre and the spirit of May 1968 paved the way for the circus as we know it today.
Reporter(s): Richard Fortin
Producer: Marc Jasmin2011, RADIO-CANADA
Length: 52 min.Couleur
Available Rights: FRANCE TELEVISIONS DISTRIBUTION : Europe and French speaking Africa SOCIÉTÉ RADIO-CANADA : All other territories