Monday, September 10, 2012

Cirque returns to Pittsburgh - Timesonline.com

PITTSBURGH -- Cirque du Soleil's soon-to-be-retired "Saltimbanco" show will be staged seven times, Oct. 18 to 21, at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh.

General tickets go on sale Friday, costing $40 to $80 for adults; $32 to $65 for children 12 and younger; and $36 to $67.50 for military, seniors and students. Tickets are at cirquedusoleil.com/saltimbanco or by calling (800) 745-3000. Cirque Club members can buy exclusive online tickets starting Thursday at cirqueclub.com.

"Saltimbanco" debuted 20 years ago, making it Cirque's longest-running touring show performed for more than 11.5 million spectators on five continents. It makes its final curtain call in December in the circus' hometown of Montreal.

The cast features 50 performers from 20 countries, specializing in acrobatic and athletic feats.

"Saltimbanco," from the Italian "saltare in banco," which literally means "to jump on a bench," explores the urban experience, including the people who live in big cities, the hustle and bustle of the streets and the towering skyscrapers. The show is  "decidedly baroque in its visual vocabulary," according to Cirque's website, with an eclectic cast of characters who draw spectators into a fanciful, imaginary city.

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Posted in on Monday, September 10, 2012 9:00 pm. Updated: 8:29 pm.

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