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Work conditions

The information that follows is intended to provide a general overview of the working conditions of Cirque du Soleil artists, according to the type of show in which they perform (Big Top touring shows, arena touring shows, or resident shows).

We do our best to ensure our artists are given a very competitive salary, a safe work environment and support for their health and well-being. On top of that, we offer our artists the following benefits:

  • Generally, our artists are offered one- or two-year contracts at a very competitive salary
  • Artists can usually expect to train an average of 12 hours a week
  • Medical, dental, disability and life insurance coverage
  • Bank of sick days
  • Visas and work permits initiated and paid for by Cirque du Soleil
  • Four complimentary tickets per year to any resident or touring Cirque du Soleil show
  • Ten reduced-price tickets to Cirque du Soleil touring shows
  • Discounts on Cirque du Soleil merchandise
  • Access to last minute complimentary tickets for some shows, in some territories


Resident show = Stability

Overview of general conditions on resident shows:

  • Typically, our resident shows perform 380 to 470 times a year
  • Lodging is provided until two weeks after the artist’s integration into the show
  • During the creation period of a new show, lodging is provided throughout the process in Montreal and for up to four weeks when the production moves to its resident city
  • Local transportation allowance during the first two weeks of integration if you don’t own a car

Touring show = Nomadism

Overview of general conditions on Big Top and arena touring shows: 

  • Typically, our Big Top touring shows perform approximately 300 times a year and our arena touring shows perform 270 to 310 times a year
  • Lodging is provided in the form of a private room at a hotel
  • Tour allowance is provided for Big Top shows and market allowance is provided for arena shows
  • Travel at the beginning and end of your employment contract
  • Travel between the cities on the tour
  • A return trip home once every 12 months (more frequent on arena tour)
  • Local transportation between the site and your accommodations, if the distance is greater than 1.5 kilometres
Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters
Grand tour of the Montreal headquarters