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12/12/00
Battersea Power Circus
- Canadian troupe to pitch permanent tent in south London

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, the critically acclaimed Montreal circus act, have announced plans to make Battersea Power Station their permanent London home.

Converting the defunct south London power station into a 2,000 seat entertainment complex will take ten years and UKP500 million. But this presents no obstacle for the company of 650 performers whose shows combining theatre, circus, modern dance and acrobatics currently tour worldwide.

Street performer Guy Laliberte founded the company in 1984 and has remained open to new possibilities ever since. Laliberte says he likes the environment where he works to have personality - good news for the derelict building that was once featured on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1970 Animals album.

"Battersea power station continues to radiate energy and has the potential to be a great landmark in London," Laliberte said.

Fittingly, Cirque Du Soleil's latest show, Quidam, opens Thursday 14 in a giant tent next to Battersea Power Station.



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