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Guy Laliberte

Touching the Sky

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 03.01.2013 | Science
Zoe P. Strassfield

Guy Laliberte, a Canadian former acrobat and fire-eater who had founded Cirque du Soleil in the 1980s, was announced as the next space tourist to visit the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

Cirque du Soleil's Totem Beats the Fab Five in Olympic Competition

Marlene Hall | Posted 03.04.2013 | DC
Marlene Hall

That's right. If Cirque du Soliel's Totem had to compete against the U.S. women's Fab Five in the Olympics, they would win.

Getting Artistic In Quebec City

Pam Grout | Posted 10.15.2012 | Travel
Pam Grout

You have a choice. You can either shovel out a Ben Franklin or two for a seat at a Cirque du Soleil performance in Vegas or New York or one of the other hundreds of venues where the innovative circus arts company performs. Or you can head to Quebec City and see an equally-impressive Cirque show for... Free.

Cirque Du Soleil Founder Goes To Space

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Massara | Posted 02.15.2012 | Arts

Guy Laliberte began as a humble juggler in Quebec and worked his way up the circus circuit, eventually founding the now infamous Cirque du Soleil in 1...

"Ovo," Cirque du Soleil, Santa Monica Pier

James Scarborough | Posted 03.25.2012 | Arts
James Scarborough

"Buggy" is the collective noun for clowns, so it makes perfect sense that Cirque du Soleil's arachnid extravaganza, "Ovo," at the Santa Monica Pier, i...

Cirque du Soleil Founder Flies Into Space and Returns With Gaia

Jay Weston | Posted 08.28.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

"Why did you want to go into space?" was the first question that I asked of Guy Laliberté. I was intrigued by a man who would spend 11 days in a space station 220 miles above the earth... and return with 10,000 photographs.

Celebrities Out And About Monday

Huffington Post | Nicole Larson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

What do the Kardashians, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and circus performers all have in common? They were all out at special events around Los Angeles y...

World Celebrities Unite To Celebrate Water

Andres Restrepo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Andres Restrepo

Last week, Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte became Canada's first private explorer in space. His mission? To raise humanity's awareness of water-related issues.

Guy Laliberte, Billionaire Clown, Heads To Space Station

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — Canadian circus tycoon Guy Laliberte turned space into his big top Wednesday, boarding a Russian rocket and lifting off on a mission that mixes a serious message on water shortages with some clowning around in the cosmos.

Laliberte, an experienced fire-eater and stilt-walker who founded Cirque du Soleil, joined Russian cosmonaut Maxim Surayev and American astronaut Jeffrey Williams aboard a Soyuz craft that soared off the Kazakh steppe and set a course for the International Space Station.

The billionaire who calls himself the first clown in space paid a reported $35 million for his nine-day stay at the station, where he plans to publicize the world's growing shortage of clean water. His space extravaganza will culminate in a satellite linkup with shows in 14 cities across five continents featuring rock band U2 and Colombian pop star Shakira, as well as an appearance by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

With a puff of white smoke, the Soyuz craft carrying Laliberte and his crew mates shed its first rocket stage minutes after liftoff from the Baikonur launch facility and then disappeared from view.

Laliberte's friends and family on the ground waited anxiously and then burst into cheers when an announcement that the ship had reached orbit blared over a loudspeaker. There were ecstatic hugs, sobs of relief and chants of "Guy! Guy!"

From Childhood Dreams to the International Space Station: An Interview With Guy Laliberte, Founder of Cirque du Soleil

Gail Lynne Goodwin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gail Lynne Goodwin

Children seem to know things that as adults, we seem to forget. They play together, dream big, laugh, hug and enjoy life wholeheartedly, living each moment fully, not knowing the meaning of worry or stress.

Guy Lalibert, Billionaire

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

He created one of the most breath-taking and lucrative franchises in show-business. But the once-penniless street performer behind Cirque du Soleil is...

For Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberte, Space is Not the Final Frontier

Juliette Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Juliette Powell

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte announced this morning that come September 30th, he will embark on a space mission!