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Attend Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria show in Montreal (Canada)

During our dinner discussion with our friend A., she explains that Cirque du Soleil is currently performing in Montreal.

Wow… Cirque du Soleil has always made me dream and… if there are still places available, it’s an opportunity you can’t miss!

Checking done, there are still a lot of seats left and we buy two tickets for the following Thursday. The majority of the seats being already sold, we must, to be side by side, choose medium seats, on the side. We’re happy with it without any problem 🙂

We buy the tickets on the Cirque du Soleil website and they cost 103$CAD per person (tax included).

When the day comes, we arrive well in advance on the spot (the performance starts at 8pm) which gives us time to eat on the go. Anh treats himself to a strawberry/nutella pancake while I take the opportunity to discover the famous smoked meat , a Quebec specialty

While some Cirque du Soleil performances now take place in theaters or concert halls, we will enjoy the show in the old-fashioned way, under a big top. This one is planted in the old port of Montreal.

When we arrive, we learn from reading a poster that it is possible, for an extra charge, to get a better seat than the one we have.

By any chance, we inquire and we learn that for 10$CAD each, we can benefit from a central place (section 200). The concierge explains to us that it is in this area that the cameras are placed during the recordings. Banco!

When we arrive at our seats, we are delighted, we are really very well placed and have a great view of the stage.

I’m surprised at the size, I was expecting bigger. The big top can only accommodate 2600 spectators, so everyone is relatively close to the stage.

Alegria is a show that was performed for almost 20 years, from 1994 to 2013. It was then revived and has been back in Montreal for less than a month, we are very lucky 🙂

The show starts and we immediately get our eyes full. The Cirque du Soleil is distinguished by the absence of animals and is based mainly on acrobatic acts.

Cirque du Soleil’s case study is mentioned in the book “Stratégie Océan Bleu” if it interests you from a business viewpoint.

Individually, each number isn’t necessarily exceptional (I reassure you, it is of a very good level) and less grandiloquent than those we saw in Macau. However, the sumptuous costumes, the play of light, the impression of ease, the attention to detail, the transitions, the accompaniment by two singers with magnificent voices, the absence of dead time, … create a harmony that makes the magic work and makes the Cirque du Soleil so different.

The show lasts about two hours, with a 20 minutes intermission, we would have liked it to last much longer 🙂


  • 103$CAD per person + 10$CAD for over ranking
  • april 18, 2019 – July 21, 2019 in Montreal
  • august 1, 2019 – September 1, 2019 in Gatineau

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