Cirque du Soleil Alegría is coming to Toronto’s Ontario Place this fall! Alegria first premiered in 1994 and was seen by more than 14 million spectators over the course of its 19-year run. Now they’re reviving the show for the shows 25th anniversary. This is a first for Cirque du Soleil and a one-of-a-kind artistic experience for those living and visiting Toronto to enjoy.
Cirque du Soleil Alegria will run from September 12 – December 1, 2019.
Alegría has marked a whole generation of fans. We want to honor their connection to the show and recreate the emotions they felt back in 1994, while leveraging all the possibilities offered to us today. Alegría is a rallying anthem for change and hope, and that is, after all, timeless”, explained Diane Quinn, Cirque du Soleil’s Chief Creative Officer.
The History of Alegría
Cirque du Soleil first presented Alegría in April 1994, a production destined to change the history of the company, an emblematic show that was to win over more than 14 million spectators. Under the traditional Big Top and in its arena version, Alegría visited 255 cities around the world in its 19 years of touring before finally bidding audiences farewell on December 29, 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium.
Since its last performance, Alegría has remained very much alive in the hearts of its fans, who regularly request its comeback. Its emblematic title song, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1995, continues to be a fan favourite and remains Cirque du Soleil’s most-watched song on YouTube still today.
Beloved by fans around the world, iconic Alegría comes back to share its timeless story once more. The classic power struggle of old meets new is reinterpreted for today’s cultural pulse. Alegría translates from Spanish to ‘happiness and joy’. High energy acrobatics and progressive visions of youth collide with traditional aristocratic perspectives to slay old notions, rise with wisdom, and propel forward with no holding back. As a rallying anthem for change, hope, and optimistic renewal, Alegría energizes fans with a joyful spirit for a brighter and inspiring tomorrow.