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Richasi's Le Grand Chapiteau is a Cirque du Soleil information archive. It provides not only information on each and every one of Cirque du Soleil's creations through the years, but as well as pictures, themes and reflections of these shows. While some of the information comes from the before mentioned show programs and the Cirque du Soleil website, I feel this site reflects my own intrepretations of the shows with my own personal descriptions from what I have witnessed. So, let us have fun and enjoy what we love - Cirque du Soleil! To do this, I wish to eductate you on the workings of this site. Please select from the links below:

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Chapiteau Features

    Richasi's Le Grand Chapiteau is a complete multimedia experience, with audio, video pictures and text to immerse you in the Cirque du Soleil experience. You'll find that the site is divided into sections, and each section has its own individual sub-sections and content that it pertains to. In order to make your stay a little bit easier, I shall explain the different sections of the site.

  • CirqueCon

      CirqueCon - the Unofficial Gatherings of Cirque du Soleil Passionates is a fan-organized gathering of like-minded fans of Cirque du Soleil fans. Their humble story began in 2004 with fans proposing a small gathering during Quidam's Vancouver run. Over the years since CirqueCon has journeyed across oceans and trancended borders, touching fans across Canada, North America, Japan and Mexico to much enjoyment. Although no longer following the sun, we invite you to experience what CirqueCon was through their website. And who knows... perhaps one day CirqueCon will gather again...

  • Fascination!

      Fascination is Richasi's Cirque du Soleil Newsletter & Blog. Get up-to-date news and information about Cirque du Soleil through the Fascination! Newsletter. Find an updated Itinerary, Cirque History and, of course, Back Issues and more!

  • Creations

      This section takes the viewer to a secondary menu where you can begin exploring Cirque du Soleil's many creations. From Le Grand Tour through Kurios and beyond you will find each and every one of their creations on display. You'll be able to read about the show's story & theme, follow its itinerary (through Itinéraire), see the acts currently in the show (via Expérience) and learn about acts and artists of the past. Be sure to visit them all as each has their own unique treasures to find!

  • Historia

      Cirque du Soleil has a rich history that stretches back more than 25 years. Theirs is a story about a group of young people who wanted nothing more than the freedom to dream a dream; the tale of individuals who came forward at special moments in time to cultivate and move that dream forward, and to eventually share it with the world. Individuals like Guy Laliberté, Gilles Ste-Croix, Guy Caron, Normand Latourelle and Daniel Gauthier, amongst many, many others. Historia! Celebrates Cirque du Soleil's pioneering spirit by reflecting on their long journey throughout the years...

  • Musique

      The home to all of the Cirque's musical creations. From the first CD to the latest you will find pictures, clips and album notes from each release. If you're looking for Lyrics, the Musique section is also your target!

  • Télémagik

      This section combines all of Cirque du Soleil's Visual works in one location. Find information on all of their DVD and VHS releases, documentary VHS's, out-of-print productions and product variations.

  • Livres

      Meaning "books" in French, the Livres section details all of Cirque du Soleil's print-media releases throughout the years: from photo books to calendars.

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  • FAQ - The CirqueFAQ

      This is Richasi's CirqueFAQ, a project that began in 2001. Answers to some of the most pressing questions are answered in the document, which will pop-up into a new window for your enjoyment.

  • Lyrics - "Words to Sing By"

      Did you know that what fans now refer to as "Cirquish" - the imaginary language most Cirque songs are sung in - was originally called "Salimbanco language"? Although the use of made-up but ethnic sounding words had been used in Nouvelle Expérience, it was in Saltimbanco that Cirque's composers first used a made-up phoentic language for most of its songs. Many of those lyrics are available here for you to discover. Some have been translitterated by fans while others come from various official Cirque sources. Enjoy!

  • Interviews: "In Their Own Words"

      Since the inception of Le Grand Chapiteau's companion, the "Fascination! Newsletter", we've had the honor of meeting and talking with many current and former Cirque du Soleil artists. In Their Own Words highlights those meetings and the many questions we've posed to Cirque du Soleil performers, musicians, technicians and behind-the-scenes personnel over the years... and their answers. May you find their words interesting, informative and inspirational!

  • Specials: "Behind the Curtain"

      Since the inception of Le Grand Chapiteau's companion, the "Fascination! Newsletter", we've had the opportunity to rummage through Cirque's history on more than one occasion. Thus, in SPECIALS, we go back Behind the Curtain to share the many rewarding and fulfilling aspects of our research: from quirky items found lurking within programme books and items produced by other companies, to affiliations of the Cirque and everything else under the Soleil uncovered in our endeavors.

  • Events: "Beyond the Bigtop"

      Over the years Cirque du Soleil has reached Beyond the Bigtop, producing special event performances for a wide variety of audiences and venues.EVENTS aims to discover these special Cirque du Soleil outings - whether through shows for corporate meetings, televised specials, private VIP performances or rare public appearances - and share what is known of these very special creations. As such we've split what we've been able to find into two pages. Page 1 contains special events from 1995 through 2006, Page 2 contains those from 2007 though 2009, and Page 3 contains those from 2010-2015. However, due to the very nature of some of these "special" productions, our listing may not be comprehensive.

Richasi's Le Grand Chapiteau is always expanding with new pictures and new text as the information becomes available. So, please, check back often as you never know when something new will pop up! [You can check the Update Log by clicking on the Date from the main page. It's in small print down at the bottom left of the screen]

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    Richasi's Le Grand Chapiteau is the production of Richasi's Domain / Communicore Enterprises and is Copyright © 1999-2019 Ricky Russo. No portion of this website may be reproduced, published in any form, or tranlsated without the consent of Le Grand Chapiteau. "Le Grand Chapiteau", "Fascination! Newsletter", "CirqueFAQ", and "CirqueCon" are not affiliated in any way with Cirque du Soleil. Cirque du Soleil and all its creations are Copyright © and are registered trademarks ™ of Cirque du Soleil, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No copyright infringement intended.

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