Cirque du SoleilHet begon allemaal in Baie-Saint-Paul, een dorpje vlak bij Quebec City in Canada. Daar trok begin jaren '80 een groep kleurrijke personages door de straten, op stelten, jonglerend, dansend, vuurspuwend en musicerend. Zij vormden 'Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul' (de steltenlopers van Baie-Saint-Paul), een straattheatergezelschap opgericht door Gilles Ste-Croix. Toen al waren de mensen in het dorp erg onder de indruk van de jonge artiesten, waaronder een zekere Guy Laliberté, de latere oprichter en CEO van Cirque du Soleil.
A dance expert for over 30 years, Caitlan Maggs received her classical ballet training at The Royal Ballet School in London and went on to dance with The National Ballet of Canada with such legendary dancers as Nureyev and Baryshnikov. After being a soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, she became principal dancer with Desrosiers Dance Theatre where she performed a contemporary dance-theatre repertoire. Caitlan Maggs has performed internationally at festivals and venues including American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Metropolitan Opera of New York and Covent Garden. Following her stage career as professional dancer, Caitlan became a reputed teacher and choreographer at l’École Supérieure de Danse du Québec for 10 years. At Cirque du Soleil for the past 12 years, Caitlan is Head of Artistic Training overseeing customized training programs offered to performers by specialists in dance, theatre, singing and movement. Caitlan is also involved in the development and implementation of artistic and acro-artistic training for all new Cirque du Soleil creations. In 2008 Caitlan was acrobatic choreographer for the Cirque du Soleil production CRISS ANGEL Believe. She also collaborates with Cirque du Soleil’s Centre for Research and Innovation of Performance to explore new possibilities in acro-dance, and, since 2009, she choreographs acts for Cirque’s Special Events Department. Amaluna will be her second Cirque du Soleil production as acrobatic choreographer.