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Cirque Du Soleil Photo: Al Seib

Cirque du Soleil comes to Birmingham

Internationally renowned Cirque du Soleil bring a dazzling production of 'Saltimbanco' for the very first time to Birmingham.


Satimbanco - Cirque du Soleil

Saltimbanco will perform at Star City, Birmingham:

  • 24th February 2005 - 13th March 2005
  • Cirque du Soleil Ticketline: 087 0010 9026
  • Ticket prices £17 - £39

In Birmingham for the first time, this is the show that has been seen by more than seven million people all over the world it’s Cirque Du Soleil’s most popular show. Saltimbanco premiers in the UK at the ‘Grand Chapiteau, Star City on February 24th.

Cirque du Soleil troupe photo: Jan Swinkels
Cirque du Soleil photo: Jan Swinkels

Saltimbanco brings together a cast of 53 artists from 13 nations in a dazzling production of awe-inspiring acts and characters with amazing acrobatics, stunning costumes and sets and theatrical artistry.

Cirque du Soleil has thrilled over 42 million spectators in more than 100 cities on four continents and it's arrival in Birmingham with Saltimbanco will be one of the entertainment highlights of the year.

Take a look at some of the amazing acts performing Saltimbanco...

Adagio

Dressed in hooded suits; father in yellow, mother in blue, child in white, the trio become a living sculpture of gracefully intertwined limbs.

Chinese Poles

Wire-walker
Wire-walker

Multicoloured creatures slither across the stage and scamper up the Chinese poles - the skyscrapers of Saltimbanco. Like reptiles, the acrobats leap and fly through the air with astounding agility, strength and speed.

Double Wire 

The wire-walker gracefully ascends to her perch high above the crowd with a  Chinese parasol in hand, she dances, twirls and somersaults weightlessly between two parallel tightropes and even rides a unicycle high up in the air.

Juggling

When the Big Top sways to the Cuban rhythms, the juggler takes centre stage. Not only juggling balls into the air, she bounces first three, then eight balls off the floor in an astounding array of patterns and shapes.

Boleadoras 

Boleadoras
Boleadoras

Two women take center stage and begin a rhythmic dance. The sound of their stamping feet grows gradually louder until their Latin beat resonates throughout the Big Top. In their hands they spin bolas - simple percussive instruments consisting of a weight attached to the end of a rope. The weights hit the floor in an explosion of sound - first in unison then in counterpoint with the performers' dancing feet.

Russian Swing

The Baroque family are eccentric and electric. From the Russian swing, they are catapulted up to 13 metres in the air where they complete complicated aerial acrobatics before landing on their feet, on the shoulders of others or high atop human pyramids.

Duo Trapeze 

Hand-to-Hand
Hand-to-Hand

high above the audience, two luminous figures appear swinging on a trapeze. They perform a breathtaking aerial ballet - a display of harmony, and beauty. It is an exercise of trust.

Solo Trapeze 

She begins with a sensuous dance routine then moves to the trapeze. She takes to the skies to perform her awe-inspiring acrobatics.

Hand-To-Hand

In a slow, ritualistic dance, two men fuse together forming a single being of remarkable strength and balance. They push their bodies to the outer limits of human strength.

Bungee

Bungee
Bungee

These four breathtaking and seemingly weightless creatures float, tumble and fly through the air. An operatic aria resounds through the Big Top while their serene aerial dance conjures up images of fantastic white birds reaching toward the sky.

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