Canadian circus group Cirque Du Soleil perform parts of their new show for media at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel in Macau, China, Thursday, May 29, 2008. Cirque Du Soliel performed pieces of their new show titled Zaia in Macau which will become the first permanent production set in Asia. The show will open to the public on Aug. 28, 2008, to coincide with the 1st anniversary of the hotel-resort. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Cirque du Soleil sold to U.S firm

The Canadian government has approved the sale of Cirque du Soleil to a group headed by a U.S. private equity firm and its Chinese partners.