Cirque du Soleil lays off 95 per cent of its employees due to COVID-19 pandemic
Published Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:14PM EDT Last Updated Friday, March 20, 2020 10:18AM EDT
Cirque du Soleil says CRYSTAL will feature 'figure skating and extreme skating combined with inventive acrobatics and aerial feats...on a whimsical frozen playground'. (Photo credit: Matt Beard / Costumes : Marie Chantale Vaillancourt / ©2019 Cirque du Soleil.)
MONTREAL -- Cirque du Soleil is temporarily laying off 95 per cent of its employees, or 4,679 workers.
This decision was made due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced Cirque to cancel all of its shows worldwide.
The cuts take effect immediately, the organization said, adding that the decision was "exincredibly difficult" but a "necessary measure to stabilize the company for the future."
The announcement comes a day after the Montreal-based company said it was temporarily laying off 2,600 employees, including 1,200 artists and 1,400 technicians.