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La Nouba




Aerial Bamboo
Dance Interlude
Cycles (BMX)
Aerial Cradle
Silk Ballet
Rola Bola
Flying Trapeze
Power Track

Cyr Wheel

Chair Balancing
German Wheel
Balto & Sergey
Jump Rope




Évolution & Visuals

Milestone Date Time
Premiere 12/23/1998 6:00pm
Media Gala 01/28/1999 6:00pm
500th Show 02/28/2000 6:00pm
1,000th Show 02/02/2001 6:00pm
2,000th Show 03/14/2003 6:00pm
3,000th Show 04/23/2005 9:00pm
3,500th Show 05/13/2006 6:00pm
5 Millionth Guest 08/10/2006 9:30pm
4,000th Show 06/12/2007 6:00pm
4,500th Show 06/19/2008 6:00pm
5,000th Show 07/10/2009 9:00pm
5,500th Show 07/29/2010 6:00pm
6,000th Show 08/13/2011 6:00pm
7,000th Show 09/12/2013 6:00pm
15th Anniversary 12/18/2013 6:00pm
8,000th Show 11/20/2015 9:00pm
Final Show 12/31/2017 9:00pm
The evening of May 8, 1999 is a date I shall never forget. From Section 205, Row LL, Seat 17 I was about to be indoctrinated into the world of Cirque du Soleil for the very first time. To tell you the truth I had my reservations about seeing the show. Its cost was astronomical to me back then, and I wasn’t into the theater like many of my friends were at the time. I was afraid I would be bored out of my skull. But I was told Cirque du Soleil would be worth the price of admission... not to worry. And boy they were right! From the very first moment the show began I was completely mesmerized. It was of little consequence that my head throbbed with a pounding headache. And it was of little significance that we were as far away from the stage as one could get. All that became relevant in those 90 minutes was the artistry and pageantry of the performers that danced upon the stage before, and the skills of the musicians who played above me. For it was truly once upon a time... a door opened before me and two worlds collided. Dreams clashed with reality. The mundane mixed with the marvelous. It was no longer possible for me to tell where one world began and the other ended. I had truly entered the realm of La Nouba and the dominion of Cirque du Soleil. It glowed with spellbinding intensity; a vibrant kaleidoscope of artistry and daring; a splash of iridescent genius. I now knew the color of imagination. What I didn’t know at the time was how hard Cirque’s creative team worked to give birth to the show.

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Once Upon A Time...

    “La Nouba was the fruit of 10 years of negotiation, and the fulfillment of long-standing ambition on the part of Disney to include Cirque du Soleil in its roster,” writes Tony Babinski in Cirque du Soleil: 20 Years Under the Sun. Truth told Disney wasn’t the only entertainment conglomerate interested in Cirque du Soleil in its early days. Once Le Cirque Réinventé became a hit out in Santa Monica it quickly became the talk of Hollywood. Laliberté was courted by Columbia Pictures to make a movie about Cirque du Soleil and its characters. Dawn Steel, Columbia’s president at the time, threw a party to announce the deal, but Laliberté, well... "They were seating all the stars, and I was basically put aside," he says. "They just wanted to lock up our story and our brand name and walk around like they owned Cirque du Soleil. I walked right out of the party, called my lawyer and told him to get me out of the deal."

    Disney honcho Michael Eisner and Casino mogul Steve Wynn came calling too... but Guy had already learned his lesson. And in 10 years time so did Mr. Eisner. Disney head Michael Eisner remembers that negotiations with Cirque were long and complex, because Cirque insisted on retaining creative independence. His solution was to let Cirque have it. “I’ve been dealing with the movie business for a long time,” says Eisner in the documentary “Run Before You Fly”, “and when you have a Spielberg or a George Lucas or others of that level, you let them have creative control. With Cirque du Soleil and Guy Laliberté, you create a financial box, and you let them do it!”

    And so after years and years of negotiations, on July 12, 1996 Cirque du Soleil announced that it had reached a long-term agreement with the Walt Disney Company for a new circus-style theatrical show to be housed within a 70,000 square-foot free-standing theater (to seat up to 1,650 patrons), which would be constructed at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. “A brand-new production with an international cast of more than 70 performers will take to the stage the magic of Cirque du Soleil. The length of the agreement between parties is extended on a 12-year period and the first Walt Disney World performance will premiere in November 1998,” the post announced but little in the way of the show’s vision was known. Faced with being in the midst of a fairy tale world once upon a time, what would you do? You come up with your own fairy tale of course!

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