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Cirque Du Soleil Headquarters in Montreal
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I am a big fan of Cirque Du Soleil and was lucky enough to have an opportunity to visit their headquarters in Montreal, Canada. Great experience! Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take pictures inside of the building, but I did take a picture outside their entrance. The big gray and blue building is the actual headquarter building - a massive structure with large halls for training, an extensive gym, a huge costume department and offices. The orange building across the street is where the artists stay when they are training at headquarters.

Also check out another panorama I took which gives an impression of Cirque Du Soleil's opening night at C2-MTL 2012.

Unfortunately, the weather was not great, so the picture is not the best.

Copyright: Johan Offermans &Amp; Karl Overholt
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Uploaded: 07/06/2012
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