Cirque du Soleil together with the Government of Ecuador, agreed yesterday to install a “social circus in the country that will provide the opportunity for restoration of rights, redemption, and the inclusion of children and family issues for those that perform arts in the streets in order to give them self-esteem, values education, and especially to help them to correctly interact in teamwork.
The first representatives of this human circus will arrive in June, and they will begin training with local artists because they are the ones who will continue this work across the country, said Julio Bueno, project manager of ‘Smile Ecuador’, which is an idea of the Ecuadorian Vicepresident.
Gaétan Morency, vice president of social service of Cirque du Soleil, said they are very happy to have added Ecuador in their “social network” to help people at risk and hopes that the 200,000 young people that have so far received the lessons of the circus through similar arrangements in other countries may spread them throughout the world.
Under the agreement, municipalities will field Ecuadorians, Vice President, will provide tents, and Cirque du Soleil will train in Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, and Tena. It was anticipated that the first show will take place later this year or early next.