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.
Rich and Tone Talauega
Rich + Tone Talauega are two of the most sought after creative directors, choreographers, producers, and directors in today’s film, music, TV and commercial industries. As teenagers, Rich + Tone were discovered by Michael Jackson's choreographer while free-styling at a club in Oakland, California. Within months of moving to Los Angeles, Rich + Tone toured with both Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. They continued to work with Michael over the years on various projects and were the choreographers chosen to work on the short film for “Hollywood Tonight” from the posthumous Michael Jackson album, Michael. Rich + Tone have proven themselves as world class choreographers, having multiple MTV Award nominations, as well as an Emmy nomination for Best Choreography. The two are renowned for their diversified abilities and unique style. Their elite echelon of clients includes Madonna, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, and Christina Aguilera to name a few. Rich + Tone have also choreographed for multiple motion pictures, which include Step Up 3D, StreetDance Together and Take the Lead. As Producers they brought light to the dance form Krumping in the critically-acclaimed documentary Rize. They were also co-directors and choreographers for Madonna’s MDNA Tour, and were Executive Producers and choreographers for the upcoming Screen Gems feature Battle of The Year: The Dream Team. Now with an established production company they are actively taking on new projects and broadening their horizons. After their collaboration on Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, Rich + Tone will be part of a Cirque du Soleil production for the second time with Michael Jackson ONE.