When the circus comes to town in most parts of the world these days, you won’t see elephants, tigers or clowns with big red noses.

Since Canada’s animal-less Cirque du Soleil took to the road in 1984 with its character-driven shows and nonstop live music, we have seen the emergence of what has become known as contemporary circus. Montreal-based Cirque is now the biggest theatrical producer in the world.

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