CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA FOR 5 MONTH TOUR, OPENING IN PERTH THIS THURSDAY •
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, NEW SHOWS NOW ON SALE IN ADELAIDE, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE AND SYDNEY•
The cast and crew of the longest-running Cirque du Soleil touring show Saltimbanco arrive in Australia this week for a national five month tour. One of the company’s most loved classic shows, Saltimbanco commences in Perth this Thursday 21 April 2011 and will then travel on to Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney with limited seasons in each city. For the first time ever, Cirque du Soleil will also perform in Hobart, Newcastle and Wollongong.
The international cast of 51 performers and musicians come from more than 20 different countries. They arrive in Perth having just completed successful seasons in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, and Istanbul in Turkey.
Saltimbanco, from the Italian “saltare in banco” which literally means to jump on a bench, is the show which started Australia’s love affair with Cirque du Soleil when the internationally-acclaimed entertainment company first toured here in 1999. A thrilling, kaleidoscopic celebration of awe-inspiring artistry and agility, Saltimbanco will be presented in theatre mode in arena venues across the country with the same energetic and vibrant performance as experienced under the Big Top.
Set inside an imaginary metropolis of colourful inhabitants, Saltimbanco features breathtaking acrobatics and unbelievable athleticism during solo spotlights and epic ensembles. Decidedly baroque in its visual vocabulary, the show’s eclectic cast of characters draws spectators into a fanciful, dreamlike world, an imaginary city where diversity is a cause for hope. Technical expertise and extravagant design are woven together with spectacular costumes, amazing lighting, humour, and enchanting live music. Overflowing with colour, amusement and amazement, Saltimbanco is a fun show for the whole family to enjoy.
About Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,200 artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators (almost 12 million have seen Saltimbanco since 1992) in 300 cities on five continents. In 2011, Cirque du Soleil will present 21 shows simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – SALTIMBANCO 2011 AUSTRALIAN TOUR TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
ADELAIDE – 12 to 22 May 2011 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Bookings: Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au
Tickets: Adults: $69-$119, Children (2-12 years): $55-$95, Premium: $149-$159,
Tapis Rouge VIP Experience $325
Show Times* : Tuesday to Thursday 8pm, Friday to Saturday 4pm & 8pm, Sunday 1pm & 5pm * Show times may vary
For more information, please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/Saltimbanco