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AFTER 15 YEARS OF TOURING IN OVER 200 CITIES AND 43 COUNTRIES VAREKAI TAKES ITS FINAL BOW

Montreal, May 19 2017 – After 15 years of touring around the globe in over 200 cities and 43 countries, Cirque du Soleil Varekai will take its final bow on December 23, 2017, in Sugar Land, Texas. Launched in Montreal in 2002, the show has had an exceptional run, touring 11 years under the Big Top and 4 years in arenas.

The colourful world of Varekai, with its enchanted forest and energetic performances, has already won over more than 11 million spectators. By the end of its run, the show will have been performed over 5,200 times. “I pay tribute to this wonderful show and salute all the artists, technicians and employees who have made Varekai one of the brightest jewels of Cirque du Soleil” explained Jean-François Bouchard, Chief Creative Officer.

The cast of Varekai comprises 50 artists from 12 different nationalities.

Tickets
Varekai continues its European tour until October and will be presented in North America until the end of December. Tickets can be purchased online for the European performances at www.cirquedusoleil.com/varekai. Tickets for the North American performances will go on sale shortly.

The name
The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies — the universal wanderers. Varekai pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai.

The show
Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world — a world where something else is possible. The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of pure and undiluted possibility, begins an inspired incantation to a life rediscovered and to a newly found wonder in the mysteries of the world and the mind.

Varekai is a furious, flamboyant celebration inspired by those artists who, every single day, no matter where the wind carries them, they tell the old world that something else is possible.

Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in over 400 cities in sixty countries on six continents.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Information for the media:

Frédérique Gagnier
Public Relations Manager
Cirque du Soleil
(514) 723-7646, extension 7496
frederique.gagnier@cirquedusoleil.com