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Bettie Cross Reviews Cirque du Soleil Saltimbanco

Updated: Friday, December 14 2012, 06:34 PM CST
This is your last chance to see a jaw-dropping piece of Cirque du Soleil history.

Created in 1992, Saltimbanco  is only weeks from retiring. The Cedar Park Center is the show’s final stop in the United States and Saltimbanco will close in Montreal later this month. If you’ve never been immersed in this fanciful dreamlike world, don’t miss your chance.

Saltimbanco is more intimate than some cirque shows. You feel a one-on-one connection with an eclectic cast of characters that transports you to a world like no other. The performers enthral with one act after another making the audience rethink the boundaries and limits of the human body.

The audience is transported into an urban landscape where acrobats on 25-foot Chinese Poles substitute for skyscrapers and performers tied to bungees defy gravity in an aerial ballet reminiscent of magnificent birds soaring through the sky. The stage was transformed into a huge playground when a Russian swing catapulted performers 30 feet in the air to execute intricate aerial jumps that ended on the shoulders of their partners or atop a human pyramid.

If you think you like is a juggling act, a cirque artist puts it all in perspective. He juggles more balls, in more directions, and on more levels than your eyes can keep up with. The sheer speed makes for an unforgettable show of rhythm.

This is one show I never wanted to end. So, don’t pass up your chance to see Saltimbanco because after Dec. 16, you’ll never get that chance again.

Saltimbanco is at the Cedar Park Center through Sun., Dec. 16. Tickets are available by clicking here.

By Bettie Cross
Bettie Cross Reviews Cirque du Soleil Saltimbanco


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