July 30, 2014
The Montreal-based troupe’s rapid growth, far-flung presence and crush of aspiring performers raise unique challenges. Cirque also struggles with perplexing U.S. labor laws, and the business of dealing with high-wire artists and contortionists who refuse to accept that one day they’ll have to bow out of the spotlight. "Guy Laliberte (Cirque du Soleil's founder) says that we reinvented the circus," says Suzanne Gagnon, vice president of human resources. "But sometimes you have to reinvent HR."