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Cirque du Soleil Cancels All North Carolina Shows

RALEIGH, N.C. — Canadian touring acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil announced on Friday that it was cancelling all of its shows in North Carolina due to the state's new Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.

"Cirque du Soleil strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form," a repo for the troupe said in a statement announcing the cancellations.

"Cirque du Soleil believes in equality for all. It is a principle that guides us with both our employees and our customers. We behave as change agents to reach our ultimate goal of making a better world with our actions and our productions," the statement added. "We sincerely hope that the customers that have purchased tickets for our performances in North Carolina will understand our motivation and we look forward to performing in North Carolina when this issue is addressed."

Cirque du Soleil was slated to perform its OVO show in Greensboro April 20-24; Charlotte July 6-10 and its TORUK – Avatar show in Raleigh June 22-26. Tickets can be refunded online, or at the point of purchase. – Staff Writers