Cirque Du Soleil Show Or Professional Footballer?

Cirque du Soleil made the circus cool. Like what Tiger Woods did for golf, Albert Einstein did for physics or Lindsay Lohan did for circling the drain.

The troupe reinvented the big top by utilizing circus styles from all over the world and combining them with dynamic storylines, passionate music, artful sets and colorful costumes. Their productions not only thrill and mystify but they dazzle the imagination and insight the senses.

irque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to almost 90 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents.

Cirque du Soleil has performed to almost 90 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents.

The Canadian company was found in 1984 by Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier. After some early struggles, Cirque exploded in the 1990’s to become one of the most successful entertainment companies in the world. They now employ over 4,000 people, one-fourth of which are artists, and this workforce represents over 40 different countries. The troupe started out as a one-show outfit, but in 2009 Cirque du Soleil will simultaneously present 19 shows throughout the world.

While perusing the names of their 19 shows, Land of Punt noticed that several of their titles could also double as names of professional football (soccer) players. Therefore we decided to composed a little game. The object of which is to correctly guess whether the given name is that of a professional footballer or a current Cirque du Soleil show.

Cirque du Soleil has such diverse awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix, and Rose d’Or de Montreux.

Cirque du Soleil has won such diverse awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix, and Rose d’Or de Montreux.

Kaká
Cirque du Soleil Show or professional footballer?

Sounds like a Cirque du Soleil show, but it’s actually the name of a famous Brazilian footballer who plays for Milan. However, Cirque does have a show called KA and another called KOOZA. KA is a permanent show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

KOOZA is a traveling show that can be seen this year in Denver, Saint Paul and New York. Returning to the roots of the organization, KOOZA combines acrobatics with clowning to tell the story of The Innocent as he tries to find his place in the world.

Wintuk
Cirque du Soleil Show or professional footballer?

If we tell you that you can get Wintuk New York tickets it will probably give it away that this is not the name of a pro footballer.

This relatively new Cirque show is about a boy and his quest for snow. You can see Wintuk at the WAMU Theatre in Madison Square Garden. It scheduled to run until 2011 performing for just a handful of weeks during an extended holiday season.

Alegría
Cirque du Soleil Show or professional footballer?

No, this is not the name of the center-back for Everton or the goalie for Leeds. Alegría, Spanish for “jubilation,” is a traveling Cirque show that deals with political power and the evolution of government from monarchs to democracies. Despite being more than 15 years old, Alegría still delivers beauty, artistry and excitement. This year, Alegría is scheduled to visit cities like Halifax, Manchester and Newark.

Essien
Cirque du Soleil Show or professional footballer?

Footballer. Mickaël Essien is one of the premiere players in the world. This Ghanaian plays for Chelsea in the English Premiere League. However, this does sound like a great name for a dark and mysterious Cirque show. If its used, we want a royalty.

Corteo
Cirque du Soleil Show or professional footballer?

“Corteo receives the cross, he moves to his left, he moves to right, he shoots… goal!”

That sounds good, but Corteo is another one of Cirque’s traveling shows that performs under their patented Big Top, or Grand Chapiteau. Corteo, which is currently in Japan, is about a clown who imagines a magical procession. Sounds like our college years.

Ovo
Cirque du Soleil Show or professional footballer?

It’s actually OVO, all capitalized, and it’s a Cirque show. You can catch OVO this summer in Montreal, Toronto or Quebec City. This amazing Cirque show tackles the world of insects. It mixes color, movement, and action with a giant egg.

Drogba
Cirque du Soleil Show or professional footballer?

Drogba sounds like something you might see under the Grand Chapiteau, but he’s actually a footballer and a very good one at that. Hailing from the Côte d’Ivoire, Didier Drogba is a prolific scorer and Chelsea teammate of Essien.

Adu
Cirque du Soleil Show or professional footballer?

Maybe if it was Adieu, it probably would have fooled you but Adu is obviously a footballer’s name. Adu, as in Freddy Adu, is an American who plays for the club AS Monaco. He was born in Ghana before immigrating to the United States. At age 14, he became one of the youngest Americans to ever sign a professional sports contract.

Varekai
Cirque du Soleil Show or professional footballer?

This is a tough one. It sounds like a footballer and would look great on the back of a jersey, but it is in fact a traveling Cirque show and it’s currently galavanting around Europe.

Varekai is about a man who parachutes into a wondrous forest world. Once the man sets down, he encounters fantastical creatures and eventually embarks on an absurd and extraordinary adventure.

Saltimbanco
Cirque du Soleil Show or professional footballer?

It sounds like two footballers’ name put together, but it’s a Cirque show.
Saltimbanco, an Italian phrase that literally means “to jump on a bench,” is currently touring the United States. This summer it’s scheduled to visit cities like Columbus, Cypress, Glendale and Houston.

Saltimbanco deals with the urban experience and explores the people who live there, their buildings, and the hustle and bustle found on city streets. This dynamic and exhilarating show employs wonderful baroque sets and costumes.

Cirque du Soleil started in 1984 with 20 street performers.

Cirque du Soleil started in 1984 with 20 street performers.

LOP could go on but we’re going to stop. We’re about to release the home version and we don’t want to give any thing away. Below, we’ve listed the 19 shows Cirque is presenting this year. We think you’ll agree, if you eliminated a few names, it could pass for a starting 11.

The 19 Cirque Du Solei Shows of 2009

1. Alegría
2. Corteo
3. CRISS ANGEL Believe
4. Dralion
5. KA
6. KOOZA
7. La Noube
8. Mystere
9. “O”
10. OVO
11. Quiadam
12. Saltimbanco
13. The Beatles LOVE
14. Varekai
15. Vaudeville
16. Wintuk
17. ZAIA
18. ZED
19. Zumanity

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