Show Business: Pree-Senn-Ting The Circus of the Sun

A brash new troupe fills its tent with fresh ideas

Venerable tradition, sticky with the memory of cotton candy, has it that the circus never changes. That may be why a brash Canadian named Guy Laliberte says he hates the circus and why a colleague, Denis Lacombe, thinks clowns are boring. What makes their opinions worthwhile is that Laliberte is the founder of the Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun), which hoists its 1,756-seat tent in New York City this week as part of a North American tour that has made it something of a cult attraction. And Lacombe is his star clown, who does a socko act conducting...

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