Cirque du Soleil has announced the creation of an English television series for children about a group of young performers attending a fictitious circus school.
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The series will be produced by Apartment 11 in association with TVO Kids, a branch of the Ontario public education system.
Filming for the show will be done in Montreal and, in part, at Cirque du Soleil’s international headquarters in St-Michel, according to the press release.
The series is a partnership between Cirque du Soleil Images — Cirque du Soleil’s multimedia production division — and Discovery Kids, which is part of Discovery Networks/US Hispanic.
Award-winning Argentinian director and actress Cris Morena will be involved in the production of the series. Leila Basen, the creative producer of the CBC series Heartland, is the showrunner of the new series.
The English-language show follows a fictional boarding school that teaches kids to be circus performers as they develop friendships and deals with life’s difficulties. It will include the artistry, costuming and acrobatics that fans expect from live circus performers. (Cirque du Soleil artists, craftsmen and creatives will be working on the series.)
Cirque du Soleil Images is no stranger to the kid’s space. The production division of the circus company is behind animated series Luna Petunia (together with Saban Brands), which bowed on Netflix last December.
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