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Kok Xinghui
Kok Xinghui10/11/2019 06:30 AM GMT+08  • 7 min read
Still charged up
Like the Energizer Bunny, Cityneon’s Ron Tan surmounts setbacks, creates a niche, and goes on and on
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Like the Energizer Bunny, Cityneon’s Ron Tan surmounts setbacks, creates a niche, and goes on and on

SINGAPORE (Oct 14): It was during the 2008 global financial crisis, and Ron Tan was in between jobs. One day, while browsing at Kinokuniya bookstore, he chanced upon a copy of the autobiography of Guy Laliberté, co-founder of the renowned Canadian circus troupe Cirque du Soleil.

Laliberté’s engaging story of how he changed the traditional circus in ways people could not have imagined inspired Tan. Cirque du Soleil drew in huge crowds with a new formula — one that weaves stories and music. Unlike traditional circuses, it had a missing element — animals. “Before that, you would never imagine a circus without animals,” says Tan in an interview with The Edge Singapore.

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