The circus moves to Mississippi

Canada’s (or should we say Quebec’s) Cirque du Soleil is expanding once again, and it soon may be necessary to go on a trip to the U.S. to see the famous troupe. The Cirque’s renowned production entitled Alegría (joy, elation) has been performed before three million spectators in Europe, North America and Asia in the past five years. Now it has a permanent home at Beau Rivage casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

By most accounts, the show’s international cast of 52 performers and musicians (from 13 countries) mesmerizes audiences with dazzling displays of skill, strength and speed. The aerial acts – duo trapeze and aerial high bar – are especially thrilling. True to the essence of the traditional circus, but performed in the unique Cirque du Soleil style, the show has an eccentric array of characters, clowns and artists dressed in flamboyant costumes. The award-winning original soundtrack composed by René Dupéré has sold more than one million copies and was on Billboard Magazine’s hit parade for 55 weeks.

From its humble beginnings in 1984 on the streets of Quebec, Cirque du Soleil has grown beyond the wildest dreams of itbusker founders into an award-winning, international performance arts company. If you aren’t planning on visiting Mississippi anytime soon, you can catch the Cirque at either Bellagio or Treasure Island in Las Vegas, and at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The troupe retains three touring productions, but the easiest way to see one of our national treasures is in combination with some good old gambling in the U.S.