Cirque du Soleil絢麗奪目的感官饗宴——太陽劇團

  Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian performing group whose French name means "Circus of the Sun." Cirque du Soleil was established in Quebec in 1984 by some local street performers. Their aim was to create a new kind of circus that did not have a traditional ring1 or animal performances. They also wanted to blend many different circus styles from all over the world.
  Daniel Gauthier and Gilles Ste-Croix managed a youth hostel2 for street performers. In 1979, they and Guy Laliberte had the idea of organizing the youth into a performing group. However, they were short of money, so they tried to raise money by performing a stunt3. For the stunt, Ste-Croix walked 90 kilometers from their hometown to Quebec City on stilts4. With the money they raised, they created a group called Les Echassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul. Later on, the Quebec government was inspired to fund the group. After many financial5 ups and downs, Cirque du Soleil was born, and it has had great success. It has also grown from 73 members in 1984 to over 3,500 today.

Cirque du Soleil絢麗奪目的感官饗宴——太陽劇團
  Daniel Gauthier和Gilles Ste-Croix經營一家供街頭藝人住宿的青年旅社。1979年,他們和Guy Laliberte萌生了將這些年輕人組成表演團體的念頭。不過他們欠缺資金,所以試著以表演特技來籌錢。Ste-Croix為了這項特技踩著高蹺從他們家鄉出發,走了九十公里的路到魁北克。藉由籌措到的資金,他們創立了名為Les Echassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul的團體。之後,魁北克政府受到感召而資助這個團體。在歷經許多財務上的盛衰起伏後,太陽劇團終於誕生,並且屢創佳績。它的成員還從1984年的七十三人,發展到如今成員超過三千五百名的規模。

《Building Your Vocabulary》
1. establish vt. 建立,設立
A rich man established this library.
2. blend vt. 融合,混合
The director's new movie blended truth and fiction together.
3. raise vt. 籌募(尤指金錢)
We are raising funds to start our company.