Cirque du Soleil’s Splendor and Ruin: Chronicle of a Three Month Crash

The health crisis aggravates the fragile financial situation of the Canadian scenic empire. Studied for years as a management model, the company is carrying a billion-dollar debt.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On March 8th this year, a few days before extraordinary measures were decreed in Spain because of the coronavirus, Catalan comedian Mateo Amieva was returning to Barcelona on a flight from Doha, where he had performed in Messi 10 show, one of Cirque du Soleil's most recent productions. He did not know then that those performances would be the last for a long time.

A week later, all the theaters and tents on the planet were interdicted by the pandemic and, paradoxically, the shutdown impacted the company more strongly, which, theoretically, would have more resources . . .

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