Cirque du Soleil performs on top of BC Place

Cirque du Soleil takes Alegría to another level: the roof of BC Place

An exclusive performance was filmed to celebrate the return of arts, entertainment and live events

Since March 25, Cirque du Soleil has been celebrating the long-awaited return of its touring shows in Canada with the presentation of Alegría in Vancouver. To artistically express the energy exuded by the restart of arts, entertainment and events in BC, the internationally acclaimed production staged a once-in-a-lifetime performance on a rarely accessed location: the roof of BC Place stadium.

A drone operator and camera crew captured the awe-inspiring performance featuring acrobats of Alegría being tossed into the air, tumbling across the roof, bending their bodies into intricate positions and performing powerful choreography. All of this was set behind a 360 degree view of False Creek and downtown Vancouver featuring BC Place’s iconic white-domed roof and the snow-capped mountains of the North Shore. The result is a breathtaking video taking human performance to the top of the city.

“Vancouver has always been very supportive of Cirque du Soleil which is why we chose the city as our first Canadian tour stop after the hiatus caused by the pandemic,” said Michael Smith, Artistic Director of Alegría. “Being able to bring happiness and live entertainment to audiences again has truly been a rewarding experience, and this partnership with BC Place has brought it to the next level. What an iconic monument for our acrobats to use as a springboard!”

“Cirque du Soleil always creates a buzz when they come back to Vancouver. And using the roof of BC Place as their newest performance space is an extraordinary way to do that,” said Royce Chwin, President & CEO, Destination Vancouver. “The return of arts and cultural events like Alegría are essential for reanimating the city and giving people back the shared experiences that we’ve all been missing.”

Alegría is currently performing under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place until June 5th. For more information on the show and tickets, visit

First premiered in 1994, Alegría (‘joy’ in Spanish) has become one of the most beloved Cirque du Soleil shows by mesmerizing over 14 million spectators in 255 cities across 40 countries in over 19 years of touring. In 2019, in celebration of its 25th an
niversary, Alegría was restaged under the Big Top in a whole new light, ensuring that all its components would be as inspiring for today’s audiences as they were at the time of the original creation. For more information, visit

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Cirque du Soleil has redefined how the world views the circus; from small town talent to a household name. Based in Montreal (Qc), the Canadian organization went on to become a global leader in live entertainment with the creation of world-class immersive and iconic experiences, across 6 continents. Cirque du Soleil connects with audiences by being genuine, human and inclusive. Privileged to work with artists from 90 countries to bring their creativity to life on stages around the world, the company aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. Over the years, more than 215 million people have been inspired, in over 70 different countries. For more information, visit

Media release, image and video link provided by Cecilia Kim, Front + Centre Communications.

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