Living Environment

Whether you're on a touring or resident show, or at a training session or workshop in Montreal, you'll be exposed to an incredible variety of cultures and nationalities and feel a strong sense of camaraderie and support. And as a Cirque du Soleil performer you will be a part of the greater artistic community, enjoying privileged access to the world outside of Cirque, with invitations to gala premieres, VIP tours and even the occasional celebrity meet-and-greet.

Several of our resident shows are performing in Las Vegas. With this in mind, social activities are organized to enable artists to meet up, get to know each other and share their experiences.

Perhaps the greatest difference between performing in a resident show and in a touring production is the lifestyle: sedentary versus nomadic. On tour you live out of a suitcase, traveling from city to city in a private room at a hotel, whereas many artists on our resident shows rent apartments or own homes.

On tour, when there are opportunities to visit between shows we usually make an effort to conduct an exchange. This gives our artists a chance to see other performances, meet other artists and appreciate the diversity of the organization. Exchanges are sometimes paid for entirely by the tour, but in most cases, each person pays a small part of the costs.

Both touring and resident shows make special efforts (whenever possible) to celebrate birthdays and other personal milestones, as well as local and national holidays.

Cirque du Soleil is an international company, and this is apparent not only in our presence around the world but also in the incredibly diverse nationalities of our performers.

When necessary, artists and their immediate families can also take advantage of our confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which provides help in resolving personal problems, free of charge.

Before joining a show, some of our artists come for a preparatory training session at our International Headquarters (IHQ) in Montreal, the sole creation and production centre for all of our projects.
Photo Gallery: International Headquarters (Montreal, Canada)

During your time with us in Montreal you will be housed in our artists' residence, where we provide a secure and comfortable living space just across the street from our training facilities. All 113 rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a TV, Internet access, a small refrigerator, a microwave, a private bathroom and more. The residence also has other facilities, including a communal area, a gym, a kitchen, a lounge area and even a games room.
Photo Gallery: Artists Residence (Montreal, Canada)

Venturing outside the artists' residence, you will discover an incredibly diverse city with an international flavour, filled with great restaurants, exciting nightlife and wonderful people.

Whether you join us in Montreal, Las Vegas or one of our other locations, we invite you to get to know the cities we operate in a little better by visiting these websites: