Caught in the Act

How Cirque du Soleil Evolves and Inspires

By Jared Bowen

In 1984, Cirque du Soleil was simply a group of 20 street performers enlivening neighborhoods in Quebec. Today, it is a global enterprise with 5,000 employees, more than 1,300 artists and 21 shows. 

"Cirque has grown up over the last 5 years," says Company Manager Jeff Lund, noting that the bar for spectacular performance rises as the company evolves. "We do have parameters set for us to keep that high level of expectation. It's not just a free-for-all," he said.

Watch Totem’s Artistic Director Tim Smith and Company Manager Jeff Lund talk with Jared Bowen about the business of Cirque du Soleil.

"Come see Totem and you're going to be inspired in some way, shape or form," said Lund. Totem plays under the Big Top at South Boston’s Marine Industrial Park through August 5.

>>Read Jared's review of Cirque du Soliel's Totem.

About the Author
Jared Bowen Jared Bowen
Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. 


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