Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cirque de Soleil Owner Heads to Moon in Support of Water

Image from the Toronto Star

by Bonnie Alter, London

The Canadian founder of the Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté, having created a world-famous circus, is now heading for the moon. What else can you do when you have played every other stage in the world? He will be Canada's first space tourist, for $35 million, blasting off for 12 days aboard a Russian Soyuz.

He's calling the flight a " Poetic Social Mission, Moving Stars and Earth for Water." Linked up with this will be a series of performances in 14 cities in support of water conservation--tied in with his One Drop foundation. The link to space isn't that clear but why complain when Al Gore, David Suzuki, Shakira and U2 will be part of the show, opening in Montreal.