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Tuesday, it was the 36th anniversary of the first Cirque du Soleil show, and a group of circus artists and craftsmen marked the anniversary by erecting a blue and gold big top at the Old Port, not far from the place where the Circus usually sets up its own, much larger tent.
These Circus artists have been there to celebrate the significant day in the history of the company, and to remind people that the difficulty, Montreal-based cirque, which is in dire financial straits, owes them $ 1.5 million for the work they have accomplished during the last year.
Also at the event was Gilles Ste-Croix, who co-founded the Circus with Guy Laliberté in the first half of the 80s. The two were part of a ragtag group of street performers in Baie-St-Paul, who was transformed into what was to become the global leader of the circus and the one of the world’s largest live-entertainment companies.
Ste-Croix, he said, supports the artists and strongly believes that the Circus has lost its way in the five years since He sold the company for a reported US $ 1.5 billion to American and Chinese investors.