National Circus School to pay tribute to Guy Laliberté at Foundation Benefit Evening

    MONTREAL, April 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The National Circus School is proud to
announce that Guy Laliberté, Cirque du Soleil Founder, will be honoured at the
upcoming Foundation Benefit Evening, Turning Passion into Daring, which will
take place on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the TOHU, Cité des arts du cirque.
    The National Circus School and its Foundation will pay tribute to Guy
Laliberté, an artist, creator and visionary, who has fashioned the renewal of
circus arts and has supported the National Circus School's development since
its very beginnings. Mr. Marc Lalonde, Executive Director of the National
Circus School explained: This year, Cirque du Soleil will be celebrating a
milestone, and we are proud to recognize 25 years of prolific successes and
the exceptional contribution of its Founder. Guy Laliberté followed a dream
and has turned his passion towards boldly redefining contemporary circus and
transforming the sector around the globe. His incredible story is an
inspiration for future circus artists and business people from all sectors."
    Mr. Normand Legault, Chairman and CEO of GPF1 INC. and Honorary Chair of
the Benefit Evening added: "Guy Laliberté, of whom I had the privilege of
knowing for many years, has always embraced creativity and has believed in
supporting the next generation of artists from the National Circus School. Guy
Laliberté and Cirque du Soleil's successes prove the importance for the
business community to invest in the arts and education and in world-class
institutions such as the National Circus School who succeed in preparing the
creators of tomorrow. . We look forward to honouring Guy Laliberté and being
inspired by this passion and audacity which drives him and the circus artists
of tomorrow."
    National Circus School Foundation Chair, Mr. David McAusland added,
"Cirque du Soleil and all the circus companies who have followed in their
footsteps together with the National Circus School have allowed Montréal,
Québec and Canada to become global players in a unique cultural sector. The
National Circus School is a jewel in a field where we have distinguished
ourselves the world over and is a fine example of the value of arts investment
in a thriving society and economy that values creativity."
    The Foundation Benefit Evening takes place during the 10-day run of the
National Circus School's year-end annual show. A favourite in the Montreal
cultural calendar, the critically-acclaimed show attracts over 15,000
spectators each year. This year, the School will present two alternating
productions giving the School's young artists the full experience and thrill
of the ring.

    About the National Circus School

    For 28 years, the National Circus School has professionally trained over
400 artists who continue to make their mark in Canada and around the world.
The precursor to contemporary circus in Canada and North America, the School
has contributed to the emergence of several circus companies such as Cirque du
Soleil, Cirque Eloize and the 7 Fingers. The National Circus School offers a
complete spectrum of circus arts education programs from extracurricular
preparatory training, arts-academic high-school program to advanced studies
which leads to a DEC College Diploma in Circus Arts.

    About the National Circus School Foundation

    The National Circus School Foundation supports the National Circus School
mission of excellence in teaching and training and makes world-class circus
arts education financially accessible for promising young talent.

For further information:

For further information: Marie-Pier Turgeon, The National Circus School,
(514) 982-0859 extension 248

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