Cirque du SoleilTodo comenzó en Baie-Saint-Paul, un pequeño pueblo cerca de Quebec (Canadá). Allí, a comienzos de la década de los ochenta, un grupo de personajes llenos de color deambulaban por las calles subidos en zancas, haciendo malabares, bailando, lanzando fuego por la boca y tocando música. Se trataba de Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (los zancudos de Baie-Saint-Paul), un grupo de teatro callejero fundado por Gilles Ste-Croix. Los habitantes del pueblo quedaron impresionados por los jóvenes artistas y, entre ellos, se encontraba Guy Laliberté, que posteriormente fundaría y se convertiría en director general del Cirque du Soleil.
Randy Weiner is a playwright and theatre producer. He is a leading impresario of non-traditional theatre in New York and around the world. With his wife, Diane Paulus, Weiner co-created The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which has been produced in New York, London, Madrid, Geneva, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Seoul, and throughout the United States. Along with partners Simon Hammerstein and Richard Kimmel, Weiner created and continues to manage the variety theatre-nightclub THE BOX in NYC and London. As a writer collaborating with Director Diane Paulus, Randy's work includes the story for a robot opera, Death and the Powers, produced by MIT Media Lab; the book and lyrics for Best of Both Worlds, an R&B musical based on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale produced by American Repertory Theatre; and 38 other productions with Project 400, a troupe he established with Paulus. Weiner is the creator of OBERON the theatre-nightclub that is the second stage for American Repertory Theatre. Weiner also produced the Drama Desk Award winning immersive theatrical experience of Punchdrunk's Sleep No More. He has served on the Advisory Committee on the Arts at Harvard University and has lectured on theatre arts at Harvard, Columbia University, Barnard College, New York University, and Yale University. Randy Weiner collaborates with Cirque du Soleil for the first time.