Cirque du Soleil 25th Anniversary: Stilt-Walking Record Attempt
Cirque du Soleil, a cultural phenomenon of colourful and spellbinding spectacle, celebrates its 25th anniversary on June 16, 2009. In honour of the occasion, Cirque will attempt to recapture its Guinness world record for the most number of people walking on stilts simultaneously.
Cirque du Soleil, which has grown into one of Canada's best-known cultural exports, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Montreal and around the world on Tuesday.
As part of the festivities, Cirque performers will attempt to recapture the world record for most people simultaneously walking on stilts.
Stilt-walkers and other Cirque du Soleil artists and employees are meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil, and Nagoya, Japan, as well as in Orlando, Las Vegas, Lisbon, Macau, New York, and Montreal, home of the troupe's headquarters.
Cirque du Soleil began as a street performers act in 1980s Quebec, until receiving the opportunity to perform a series of shows for the 450th anniversary of Jacques Cartier's arrival in Canada.
The newly named Cirque du Soleil went on to reinvent the public's perception of the circus, blending storytelling, acrobatics and theatrical costumes, lighting and music into a visual spectacle that delighted audiences.
Cirque du Soleil now operates across five continents employing around 4,000 people, and its founder, fire-eater Guy Laliberte, has received the Order of Canada.
Cirque's 2004 stilt-walking record was subsequently surpassed by a group in Japan (2006) and a group in Brandford, Ontario, Canada (2008), with 625 people stilt-walking at once.
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