Cirque du Soleil Presents: Saltimbanco

Nothing the mind can imagine — even while dreaming — can equal or surpass the vivid “city” that comes to life in Cirque du Soleil’s “Saltimbanco.” First performed in 1992 in Montreal, the show has now spent 14 years touring 75 countries for a total of more than 4,000 performances. The title comes from the Italian phrase saltare in banco, which literally means “to jump on a bench,” and historically describes the street performances of wandering acrobats.

Cirque du Soleil was one of the original “nouveau” circuses, with performances featuring continuous movement, intense colors, wild imagination and surrealism — but without animals or a center ring. “Saltimbanco” imagines a fast-paced metropolis with buildings scraping the sky to create the ultimate urban experience. The performance interconnects aspects of a busy city: the dullness of an impersonal environment in concert with the vast activity of each individual. The quirky characteristics that distinguish each character are exactly what brings them together in the end, in a celebration for diversity.

The inventive exhibition will take place May 13–17 at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center with tickets available for purchase at cirquedusoleil.com or by calling (850) 434-7444. Ticket prices range from $40 to $95 for adults and from $32 to $76 for children. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 13–14; at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 15–16; and at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. May 17.

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