Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal-based acrobatics show company, has filed for bankruptcy protection.
In March, Cirque du Soleil laid off about 95% of its employees and suspended production on all of its shows, as a direct result of COVID-19. One of the suspended shows was the highly anticipated, “Drawn to Life,” which was set to debut at the Cirque du Soleil theater at Disney Springs in Florida just a few weeks later in April. The news hits me especially hard because I had the opportunity to watch a preview for “Drawn to Life” on March 3rd and it was fantastic. My heart breaks for the entire company, especially those who were working on the Disney Springs show.
In a statement, Cirque du Soleil, went on to say, “With zero revenues since the forced closure of all of our shows due to Covid-19, management had to act decisively to protect the company’s future.”
What does this mean for the future of “Drawn to Life?” Although no official opening date has been set for the Disney Springs show, but Cirque du Soleil spokeswoman, Mélanie Fontaine, said it could premiere this fall if there were no government regulations in place prohibiting large gatherings.
Fontaine told the Orlando Sentinel, “Employees for ‘Drawn to Life’ .. are being kept on temporary leave for the time being to ensure a swift and efficient return as soon as the ban on gatherings is lifted and show operations can resume.”
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