The Magic of Cirque du Soleil - The Circus is Coming to Town!

Discover the Magic of Cirque du Soleil. This is as unique a circus that you'll find. And their latest show, Quidam, came to town here in Cincinnati!

Cirque du Soleil - Setting up the Tents

Circus of the Sun, or in French, Cirque du Soleil was started in the mid 1980's, and has gone on to redefine what "Circus" means. It draws on many of the traditions of the Circus, but adds its own very unique twists!

A'Lona and I attended Sept. 7, 2006, and couldn't stop talking about it.

Pictured above is the Grand Chapiteau (or the Big Top.) It takes 8 days to set up, and 3 days to tear down! And 48 trucks to carry all the equipment.

The picture above was taken about 4 days before opening. Here's another shot, from the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, with downtown Cincinnati in the background (on a little cloudier day)....

Here’s an up close view of the main tent…

Cirque du Soleil Main Tent

And A’Lona and I were there! It was the first Cirque show that we saw, but definitely not the last.

The “Show Before the Show”

Tapis Rouge Tent Sign

Tapis Rouge Entrance

What an experience! We got Tapis Rouge tickets, which are the VIP tickets. Tapis Rouge translates to Red Carpet, and we were certainly given red carpet treatment. An hour before the show starts, the Tapis Rogue tent is opened, with some special treats inside.

We were given a program and Cirque music CD as we entered. Then immediately we were offered champagne. The tent was quite festive, with many different tables of food.

Cirque du Soleil - edible orchids In the pic on the left, you can see one of the servers passing out orchids topped with a little tuna salad. (Yes, the orchids are edible.)

Cirque du Soleil - Tapis Rogue

Just outside the Tapis Rogue tent, there is a small area with a few tables and chairs, so A’Lona and I took a drink and a few treats to nibble on outside. We were told that no alcohol was allowed outside. No problem. We left the drinks and found a table.

The area was pretty empty, with a lot of the other people going to see the show on the other side of the Tapis fence. Nice place to watch everyone, and relax before the show started.

A few minutes later…

3 men walked out of the tent, with a server right behind them, bringing them drinks. Since no alcohol was allowed out there, it immediately got our interest.

A friend happened to be working there (checking Tapis passes when coming or going from the area. So we had to ask who it was that just sat down. Turns out…

It was Guy Laliberte, the founder of Cirque du Soleil! Here in Cincinnati!

Well, I wanted to go up to him and say hello, but our friend told us that he really wanted that “anonymity.”

So we sat back down, but did manage to “sneak” of few pics before the show started….

And of course, when it was time, we went into the main tent to watch…


At the half hour intermission, we went back to the Tapis Rouge tent for some more treats. This time, besides a variety of drinks available, the foods were an assortment of desserts, starring fruits and other treats, to dip in chocolate fondue.

After getting our first taste of a Cirque show, the Tapis treats just added to our excitement about seeing Act 2!

What a totally unique experience. We would not forget the show itself for a long, long time. But the Tapis Rogue experience only made it more unforgettable.

It would be about 8 months before we got to another Cirque du Soleil show. But it too, was worth the wait.

Cirque du Soleil is not just one show, it's the name of the Circus. Currently there are 12 shows around the world. Several of them travel, and a few have permanent homes. Quidam, one of the latest shows, came to Cincinnati - August and September 2006.

And no, it's not Circus de Soleil,not Circus du Soleil, nor Circus Soleil, not even Circus Olay ;-)

Want to find out more about Cirque? Where they came from and what others shows are there? Click here.

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