Montreal, October 25, 2011 For the past ten years, Cirque du Soleil has been supporting emerging artists from all disciplines and up-and-coming artistic companies, giving them the opportunity to present their work to the public.
Cultural action support was born from a first voluntary arts integration project when Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters in Montreal were built. Two public works of art were created and incorporated into the building’s architecture. Since then, a budget has been established specifically to support up-and-coming artists.
In ten years, the equivalent of more than $5.5 million was given, in various forms, to more than 600 artists and artistic companies in communities where Cirque du Soleil has permanent facilities—i.e. Montreal and Las Vegas.
“It is essential to showcase creation projects by promising young artists and thus contribute to their outreach,” explains Gaétan Morency, Vice-President of Global Citizenship at Cirque du Soleil. Thanks to the cultural support program at Cirque du Soleil, about 100 artists benefit from financial support each year, including: Sophie Cadieux (theatre), Dominic Besner (visual arts), Les 7 doigts de la main (circus arts), Marc-François Blondin (theatre, cinema), Manuel Bujold (public arts), Marcelle Dubois (literature, theatre), Chantal Gilbert (crafts), Marie Béland (dance), D. Kimm (multidisciplinary) and Aux Z Écuries (performance).
Sylvie François, Cultural Action Director at Cirque du Soleil, adds: “Cirque is biased when it comes to the risk associated with emerging artists. Without a next generation, creation dies.” The financial support offered by Cirque du Soleil comes in the form of creative support or bursaries during various contests set up with artistic partners such as RIDEAU and Mon Accès à la scène. Cirque also promotes these artists in the artistic networks it supports, contributes to artists’ residency programs and helps showcase their work.
To raise employees’ awareness of various art forms through its cultural action program, Cirque du Soleil also invites visual artists to display their works in the designated areas of our offices. In addition, it purchases more than 2,000 tickets for plays, dance and music shows in which up-and-coming artists are performing, and holds draws for employees to give these away.
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From the 20 or so performers the company featured when it all began in 1984, Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil has become a leading provider of quality entertainment with 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists who hail from some 50 different countries.
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