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Cirque du Soleil, Coca Cola, McDonalds and me… A Little Journey to Saint-Petersburg

Some time ago when I was exploring “The Greatest Show on Earth” thing I joined Circus de Soleil club. That’s how I got email from them saying:

We are glad beyond all measure to share good news with you! You now have a unique opportunity to be at the European Premiere of the most poetic show Corteo by Cirque du Soleil on the 26 of June 2010!
The tickets are already on sale!

Buy a ticket and write an essay – why you want to be with us on this day! And you will have the opportunity to be with us on the Western Express that will take you from Moscow to Saint-Petersburg!**

Attention! Attention! The train leaves on the 25th of June at 10:30 am from Moscow and arrives to Saint-Petersburg in the evening.
In our Western Express you will be able to try yourself in different roles, meet the most famous people, journalists and other new friends who also love Cirque du Soleil!

*Only those who bought the tickets to the European Premiere on the 26th of June can take part in the contest. You need to write an essay on why only you must go with us the Premiere of Corteo Show in St. Petersburg. The contest end on the 21st of June 2010.
The winners will be announced after the Cirque du Soleil grand jury will asses your works on the 20th of June. In addition to the contest we will raffle off up to 30 train tickets.

I bought a ticket to the show and prepared a 12-page essay featuring such topics as: MJ is alive, MJ and Guy Laliberté collaboration, the owner of the circus. In more details you can read about it in my blog, all articles entitled “The Greatest Show on Earth”.

The aim was to get on the train, to talk to the administration, and the fact that the circus administration might read my essay.
So, I started to wait for a reply… 21st of June went by – nothing… 22nd… I carefully wrote them an email asking “So, where are the results?” I got silence in reply once again. No result again. On the 23rd of June the website updated the article from where I learnt some more information about the Corteo train. It turned out that they were planning to decorate carriages each corresponding to European countries’ national style, with cuisine and everything. IT was also planed to many famous people (theater, showiness, mass media) will join the troupe. Several hours later the article disappeared.
On the 25th of June I get a phone call:

– Olga?
– Yes?
– Thank God I reached you. I thought I’ll never get through to you. I call you from the Cirque du Soleil to tell you that you won the contest. Will you be able to get to Sheremetyevo airport at 6 am tomorrow?

Something happened to the train so they decided to change for the airplane. In the morning (June, 26) a registration began. I heard the announcement: “circus actors, please go to the check-in counter”. It took me a minute to think it over, and I decided that “circus actor” can be also applied to me. At the registration we were met by girls with fake clown noses and they gave us various presents. After that we boarded the plane and took off. In St.Petersburg we were again met with clowns, waving circus flags, they asked us to put on clown noses (though not many people followed their request). Afterwards they led us to the buses.


Then everyone except for me were taken to the hotels, and I was brought to the Nevsky avenue in the St. Petersburg center.
That is when I understood that I’m the only winner out of 30 tickets. This was afterwards confirmed by the journalists.

Many people gathered around the Circus, Russian actors as well. 

My attention was drawn by the pair of foreigners at a neighboring table – and older man and his son who is in his 40s. We heard that their attendant told someone that that old man opened the 1st McDonald’s in Russia. I will talk about them later.
Then we had a 1 hour reception, various souvenirs were sold. A two-hours brilliant show with a 30 minute interval followed.

After the show I was taken to the private party at the Ginza club celebrating the premiere.

I saw a show director, Englishman that was sitting nest to me in the plane, and those two gentlemen I mentioned before.

On the next day I flew away to Moscow, and then home.

And now my not so big catch. Important or not – you are to judge.
In any case this information shows how tight all those huge corporations are tied together.


1. DVD "Corteo"


2. Two gentlemen

George A. Cohon, OC, O.Ont (born April 19, 1937) is an American-born Canadian businessman who is the founder and senior chairman ofMcDonald’s of Canada and McDonald’s of Russia.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, he received a B.Sc. from Drake University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Northwestern University School of Law. He practiced corporate law in Chicago from 1961 through 1967. In 1967 he moved to Toronto, Ontario, as the licensee of McDonald’s Corporation for Eastern Canada. In 1971, he became chairman, president and chief executive officer of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada.
He was involved in opening McDonald’s in the former Soviet Union with the first restaurant opening in Moscow in 1990.
The first restaurant was at the time McDonald’s biggest, and was opened with minimal involvement from the U.S. parent company, for political reasons. It accepted only Russian rubles, not hard currency, and in the early days, the line to enter the restaurant could be several hours long. Due to Soviet supply shortages, the company created its own supply chain in the Soviet Union, including farms and packaging. At the 1991 G7 Summit in London,Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (Cohon’s personal friend) personally complained to Mikhail Gorbachev about the difficulties Cohon was experiencing doing business in the Soviet Union.[1]
He is the founder of Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides accommodation for families whose children are receiving medical treatment, in Canada and in Russia.
He is a member of the board of directors of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, Royal Bank of Canada and Astral Media Inc. He was a member of Board of Governors of York University between 1982 and 1995.
He became a Canadian citizen in 1975. He was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2000. In 1987 he was made a Member of the Order of Canadaand was promoted to Officer in 1992.
He wrote an auto-biography, To Russia With Fries. His son, Mark Cohon, is the Canadian Football League’s 12th commissioner.
His business card can be redeemed for a free Big Mac at any McDonald’s location in Canada and Russia.

And here is his son also known as Coca-Cola Kid.

Craig Cohon chairs the Board at Worn Again and is Vice Chairman of Cirque du Soleil Russia. Prior to this he spent 8 years owning and running his own international development strategic advisor firm that built businesses in India and Africa. This included a modern clean energy enterprise with BP for rural Indian women.
Previously Craig had a 14-year executive-level career at Coca-Cola Company. He started their operations in Soviet Union in 1990 and lived in Moscow for 4 years. He ran marketing in Northern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and was the Coca-Cola brand director worldwide. He served as director of Learning Strategy for three years and in 2000 served as deputy division president for the Northwest Europe Division.
In 1993, Cohon received an Honorary Doctorate of Economics from Moscow International University. In 2000, the World Economic Forum named him “A Global Leader for Tomorrow.” Cohon earned his BA in liberal arts at the University of Western Ontario. Craig is an avid international traveler and investor and Chairman of Worn Again in London and serves on many charitable boards. He has two great children. He splits his time between Moscow, Stockholm, Montreal and London.

here are some more links

Read about connection Michael Jackson and Coca-Cola


English translation by Silver_glepha
©  Olgeya_humayer 2010

  1. cawobeth3
    July 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    wow…this is some post.
    I enjoy your Cirque du Soleil story.
    Good for you !
    This is all so fascinating.
    Recently I saw this – – –

    silver_glepha thank you so much for translating. It’s always a pleasure to meet–up again with you too !

    love, love in Michael’s light of love

    • July 11, 2010 at 9:14 pm

      thanks for reading and appreciating my translation
      love ya)

  2. July 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    cawobeth3, thank you for comment 🙂

  3. July 11, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Спасибо за рассказ, и твою наблюдательность 🙂

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