Grand Chapiteau - Big Top When it all began, in 1984, Cirque du Soleil was a troupe of some 20 performers. Today, this exceptional Québec-based company has over 4,000 employees, including 1,000 artists. Cirque du Soleil will be erecting its grand chapiteau, or big top, in Montréal, where it will present its brand-new touring show. In fact, 2009 marks a milestone anniversary for the company. Be among the first to see this new creation, whose world premiere will take place at the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal. Book your seats today!