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In October to December 2009, the legendary Cirque du Soleil, appearing for the first time in Russia, presented its fantastic show Varekai in Moscow under the Grand Chapiteau at the Luzhniki stadium. SGS is proud to have assisted Cirque du Soleil in their verification of conformity to Russian safety regulations.

As a matter of policy, Cirque du Soleil treats its employees, clients, partners and neighbours with respect, and willingly operates its business according to the laws of every jurisdiction in which it works. That is why, well in advance of the performance, Cirque du Soleil contacted the Russian subsidiary of the SGS Group to request assistance in proving the show’s compliance with relevant safety regulations in Russia, in light of the inherent risks carried by Cirque’s activities.

A spokesperson from Cirque du Soleil said: "Health and safety are integrated in the core beliefs of the entire range of our company's operations. Cirque has undertaken to position itself as the entertainment industry’s benchmark in terms of health and safety."

About Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its inception in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has more than 4,000 employees from over 40 different countries, including 1,000 artists. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to almost 90 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents. Cirque du Soleil’s mission is to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world. Find out more about Cirque du Soleil.

Vladimir Ovcharov
Head of Product Certification Services

SGS Vostok Limited
t: +7 (495) 775 44 55
Website: www.ru.sgs.com

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 59,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.