Cirque Du Soleil - Saltimbanco
Wednesday 30th June - Sunday 4th July 2010
- Doors Open:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 8pm. Saturday: 4pm and 8pm. Sunday: 5pm
£50, £40 & £25
Between whirlwind and lull, prowess and poetry, Saltimbanco takes spectators on an allegorical and acrobatic journey into the heart of the city.
Following the critically acclaimed UK tour of Quidam, Cirque Du Soleil is to return to the UK with an arena tour of its vibrant signature production SALTIMBANCO, created by Franco Dragone. This timeless Cirque opus hits the UK Arenas for the first time with a series of exclusive shows including The Metro Radio Arena with 5 spellbinding performances.
Saltimbanco is Cirque du Soleil's longest running major touring show which has toured the world since 1992 to wide-spread acclaim and has enjoyed sell-out success across the world in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand performing to over 11 million fans.
In the UK, The Times hailed the show "Gracefully athletic theatre" , America's Variety Magazine added "Human exuberance and physicality, the performers enthrall with one act after another"", whilst the New York Times was equal in its praise stating "Myth meets magic...... An unearthly mixture of commedia dell'arte and rock-concert razzle...."
Classic Cirque at its best, Saltimbanco is a thrilling and kaleidoscopic celebration of awe inspiring artistry and agility. It features breathtaking acrobatics and unbelievable athleticism during solo spotlights and epic ensembles. With a cast of over 50 high-caliber artists hailing from 20 countries Saltimbanco is set to enthrall. From the seemingly impossible balancing, jumping and spinning during the Chinese Poles or the Russian Swing to the gravity-defying Bungees and Trapeze, the crowd pleasing Juggling and Acrobatic Bicycle, to the celebrated and very unique Clowns. Technical expertise and extravagant design are woven together by uplifting spectacular costumes, amazing lighting, humour and enchanting music and magic.
Full of colour, amusement and amazement, Saltimbanco is a fun show for the whole family to enjoy.
Saltimbanco -from the Italian "saltare in banco," which literally means "to jump on a bench"-explores the urban experience in all its myriad forms: the people who live there, their idiosyncrasies and likenesses, families and groups, the hustle and bustle of the street and the towering heights of skyscrapers. A signature show, it is inspired by the urban fabric of the metropolis and its colourful inhabitants. Decidedly baroque in its visual vocabulary, the show's eclectic cast of characters draws spectators into a fanciful, dreamlike world, an imaginary city where diversity is a cause for hope.
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