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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Circus is coming!

The amazing company Cirque du Soleil is bringing their highflying, acrobatic show Saltimbanco to Tallahassee. They will be performing at the Civic Center from May 13 through 17. This is a circus like no other and definitely a must see! After speaking with the creative director of the show Carmen Reust, I was given more of an insight into what the audience can expect to see from this spectacle. Saltimbanco translates from Italian as “jump on a bench” and in French it means “street performers”. These both are central ideas in the urban scene that the show displays. The setting is based in a park of an imaginary city since parks are often central meeting places. Ms. Reust explained that the idea behind Saltimbanco was to give a positive image to young people, in particular, who wanted to move to urban cities. At the time of development the Cirque du Soleil Company read that young individuals had a negative outlook on urban living, that it was unsafe. To counteract this negative view Saltimbanco was born.

In the beginning of the spectacle all the characters come into the park with one identity and as they explore their new habitat their own colorful identities come out. The audience should expect to see bright vibrant colors and awe inspiring acts. There are 47 performers on stage throughout the different scenes, each with unique tricks that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. The music is a range of spectrums from African influence to opera. The idea behind such a range of diverse music was a car ride through different parts of the city with the window down and hearing the sounds and music of the different cultures. Ms. Reust described Saltimbanco as the “root, classic, and signature show” of the company. If you have ever seen a Cirque show before, you know this is not something to be missed. If you have never seen one before, it is guaranteed to impress. This is no ordinary circus, this is Cirque du Soleil!