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Onstage: Cirque du Soleil: Alegria

By Maija Zummo · April 27th, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends

Alegria means “jubilation” in Spanish, and the colorful costuming and characters of this baroque ode to the energy of youth (plus the soundtrack’s Jazz, Pop, Tango and Klezmer songs) make it a truly joyful Cirque performance. Themed around the passage of time and the transfer of power from ancient monarchies to modern democracies, the characters of Alegria live out their lives.

Fleur is the unearthly and unpredictable Pan-like guide through the world of Alegría, which features other characters like the Old Birds, a chorus of women under the impression that they’re still young and beautiful; Tamir, a magical fairy who appears when he is needed; the ethereal dancing, youthful nymphs; the White Singer, a storyteller who echoes everything she sees around her in song; the Black Singer, the White Singer’s alter ego; and the clowns, the unchanging witnesses to the passage of time and the social commentators of Alegria.

Look for the themes to be played out in the awe-inspiring physical acts for which Cirque has become known, including synchronized trapeze, hand balancing, Russian bars, contortion and more.

Performances run daily through Sunday at The Bank of Kentucky Center. Tickets are $34-$78.

Get showtimes, buy tickets and find venue details here.



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