Cirque Du Soleil cancels all North Carolina shows to protest HB2

Cast members from Cirque du Soleil perform on stage during the LA Premiere of Cirque du Soleil's "KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities" at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Cirque Du Soleil has canceled all North Carolina performances by two of its touring shows to protest House Bill 2, ABC News reports.

The Canadian-based circus company was set to perform "Ovo" in Greensboro from April 20-24 and Charlotte from July 6-10. "Toruk- The First Flight," was set to play in Raleigh from June 22-26.

"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," Cirque du Soleil said in a statement.

Recently, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and Ani DiFranco canceled their North Carolina appearances. Cyndi Lauper and Louis C.K. have pledged to donate profits from their shows to Equality North Carolina, ABC News reports.

Read more about HB2 here.

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