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      If you have no voice, Scream.
      If you have no legs, Run.
      If you have no hope, Invent.

      And if everything were permissible? And if it was the king's fool who made sense? And if the Big Top became a magical world where the elderly became young and where the kings were clowns! And if you were king for a night! And if that's what Alegría was, what would you make of it all?

    Like a bolt out of life, Alegría thunders forth with an insatiable need to tell its story - the desire for a better world. In developing Alegría, Cirque du Soleil saw around them a society in flux and in constant upheaval. They saw a world of contrasts – power and powerlessness, cruelty and kindness. They saw the paradox of globalization, where a constantly shrinking world left individuals more isolated than ever before. They saw the irony of progress as though the sum of evil and hardship in the world remained forever constant. But through this uncertainty Cirque believed was the glow of the human spirit - unconquerable; resolute in its strength. Thus Alegría sets a stage where old age and youth collide, where a rallying cry-out for change takes shape to shake the foundations of society and force those who control unjustly to see the error in their ways so that together we may build a better tomorrow.

    Spanish for "joy", "elation", "happiness", and "jubilation", Alegría is an impassioned celebration of life in its most primitive form, an evocation of a time when fantasy and magic were integral parts of everyday life - a time when a person's world was his family, his village, and beyond was the great unknown. Many characters exist in the world of Alegría: court jesters, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children. They are joined by clowns who alone have been able to resist the political upheavals and social transformations of the day. They are witnesses to the passing of centuries and serve as the social commentators for what we are about to witness. Together, they weave a tapestry of life that has been described time and again as Cirque du Soleil's signature show.

    Yes, Alegría gives us the power to transform society. This is the underlying theme to the classic production by Franco Dragone and Gilles Ste-Croix, one that has received international acclaim and wowed over 14 million people worldwide since it premiered in Montréal in the Spring of 1994. Since its birth, Alegría (a $3 Million production) has toured North America (1994-1995), Japan/Hong Kong (1996), Europe (1997-1998), set up residence at the Beau Rivage (1999-2000), been restaged under the big top across Asia/Pacific (2001-2002), North America (2002-2004), Japan (2004-2005), Europe (2006-2007), South America (2007-2008), and the Middle East (2008-2009), before once again embarking on a tour of North America (2009-2011) and Europe (2011-2013) in stadium-like arenas.

    And now, after almost 20 years of performing to audiences world-wide, Alegría has bid us adieu. But what a history this show has traced out in those years. We give thanks to Alegria's cast and crew by taking a look back at all its glorious history.

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