Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco

There's a reason 10 million people attend Cirque Du Soleil shows worldwide each year, and there's a reason Saltimbanco's original run lasted 14 years. The show began in 1992 as a touring circus tent that traveled to five continents for more than 4,000 performances. Recently, the infinitely creative minds at the Montreal-based acrobat/circus/theater troupe have retooled the act for larger audiences and the challenges of stage performance. The dazzling show includes trapeze artists, Chinese poles with 26 acrobats maneuvering 25 feet above the stage, aerial ballet on bungees, and Russian swing vaulting over 30 feet high. Saltimbanco's producers describe the show as "Decidedly baroque in its visual vocabulary, the eclectic cast of characters draws spectators into a fanciful, dreamlike world, an imaginary city where diversity is a cause for hope." Normally, that type of language might be a bit lofty, but given the high-flying subject matter, it's okay to be a little over-the-top.
Sept. 24-27, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 25-27, 3:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 28, 1 & 5 p.m., 2008

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