Cirque Du Soleil to lay off 400 as operation juggles rising expenses


MONTREAL–The Cirque Du Soleil, known for its high wire, fantastical shows worldwide, brought its employees down to earth on Wednesday with the announcement it was laying off 400 people, or 8 percent of its workforce.

One of Canada’s best known exports, the Cirque said it was struggling with rising costs of its productions as well as the strong Canadian dollar, which has risen to par or higher against the U.S. dollar over the past few years. The Cirque said it would lay off 400 of its 5,000 employees, despite posting record revenues of C$1billion and selling more than 14 million tickets last year.