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How Cirque du Soleil Works

In only 20 years, Cirque du Soleil has carved out a unique niche in the entertainment industry. It has spread to cities all over the globe and earned rave reviews every step of the way. Go behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil and learn the secrets of its success.

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  • 10 Most Important Ballet Terms
    10 Most Important Ballet Terms

    Accomplished ballet dancers make their graceful feats look effortless. Of course, that means we don't notice the hard work that make them look easy -- or the terms to match those moves. Want to learn the meanings of those fancy French words? See more »

  • How Burlesque Works
    How Burlesque Works

    A true burlesque performance doesn't have to depend on taking off clothes. It's about telling a story. Whether a leg or something more is the final "reveal," the audience should be pleased if the story is well-told. That's the beauty of burlesque. See more »

  • How Cirque du Soleil Works
    How Cirque du Soleil Works

    In only 20 years, Cirque du Soleil has carved out a unique niche in the entertainment industry. It has spread to cities all over the globe and earned rave reviews every step of the way. Go behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil and learn the secrets of its success. See more »

  • How do fog machines work?
    How do fog machines work?

    You've probably seen them at Halloween parties, dance clubs and stage productions. How does a machine generate thick amounts of fog, and is it safe to breathe? See more »

  • How Improv Everywhere Works
    How Improv Everywhere Works

    Improv Everywhere is many things: A stage for the stageless; a script for struggling actors who have yet to take Broadway by storm; an attempt to get New Yorkers to remove their earbuds -- which is not as easy as it might seem. See more »

  • How Science Fiction Musicals Work
    How Science Fiction Musicals Work

    The staff here at HowStuffWorks started thinking about what might happen when musicals mesh with science fiction and fantasy. Find out what we discovered about the real and the more theoretical sci-fi musicals. See more »

  • How Stage Managers Work
    How Stage Managers Work

    Your favorite plays go off without a hitch because of a hard-working stage manager. Read this article to learn more about the responsibilities of a stage manager. See more »

  • How the American Ballet Theatre Works
    How the American Ballet Theatre Works

    For the past 70 years, the American Ballet Theatre has brought the best in dance theater to people around the world. What's the storied (and sometimes stormy) history of the ABT? See more »

  • How the Metropolitan Opera Works
    How the Metropolitan Opera Works

    The Metropolitan Opera was established more than 100 years ago and hosts more than 200 performances each season. Find out how the Met got its start, and how technology has kept the performing arts alive. See more »

  • How the National Symphony Orchestra Works
    How the National Symphony Orchestra Works

    It's not the oldest professional musical organization in America, or the largest, or even the first symphony orchestra to be based in the nation's capital. But the National Symphony Orchestra is a cornerstone of America's orchestral composing and performing arts scene. See more »

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