Monday, 27th June - Cirque du Soleil, the multi-faceted international creative force, is excited to announce that the company is limbering up to debut its critically-acclaimed production Alegría in UK arenas for the very first time; visiting Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham in April 2012.
Alegría is a classic Cirque du Soleil production that has received international acclaim and wowed over 10 million people worldwide since it premiered in 1994 in Montreal. Alegría is a Spanish word that means happiness, joy and jubilation and features an international cast of 55 performers and musicians from 17 countries and showcases breathtaking acrobatics.
Phil Bowdery, President of Touring for Live Nation said: “Cirque du Soleil is a global phenomenon and Alegría is regarded as a jewel in the crown. It’s the ultimate in live entertainment and we’re thrilled to have it tour in UK arenas.”
The spectacular 2½ hour production showcases gravity-defying acrobatics which will dazzle and astound audiences of all ages. Fans will hold their breath as the skill and poise of the world-renowned performers are put to the test with dramatic acrobatics such as the intense and high-energy Aerial High Bars in which daring aerialists fly to catchers swinging more than 40 feet above the stage.
In the rhythmic and dangerous Fire-Knife Dance, artists manipulate flaming knives around their bodies, while Power Track showcases a brilliant display of synchronized choreography and tumbling on a trampoline system magically concealed under the stage floor. In Russian Bars, artists fly through the air and perform spectacular somersaults and mid-air turns, landing on bars perched on the sturdy shoulders of catchers.
Cirque du Soleil has dazzled and amazed almost 100 million people in 300 cities across five continents since its humble beginnings in Quebec in 1984, and its return to the UK in 2012 is set to be one of the entertainment highlights of the year. Cirque du Soleil has visited Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham previously with Delirium in 2007/08, Quidam in 2009 and Saltimbanco in 2010.
Tickets for Alegría, all priced at £50 (price held for 2011), go on sale on Thursday 30th June at www.livenation.co.uk.
Alegría UK Tour Schedule:
Manchester Evening News Arena (Tues 3rd April – Sat 7th April)
Wednesday, 4th April – 8.00pm
Thursday, 5th April – 8.00pm
Friday, 6th April –8.00pm
Sat, 7th April – 4.00pm and 8.00pm
Glasgow – Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (Weds 11th April – Sun 15th April)
Wednesday, 11th April – 8.00pm
Thursday, 12th April – 8.00pm
Friday, 13th April – 8.00pm
Saturday, 14th April – 4.00pm and 8.00pm
Sunday, 15th April – 1.00pm and 5.00pm
Birmingham National Indoor Arena (Weds 18th April – Sun 22nd April)
Wednesday, 18th April – 8.00pm
Thursday, 19th April – 8.00pm
Friday, 20th April – 8.00pm
Saturday, 21st April – 4.00pm and 8.00pm
Sunday, 22nd April – 1.00pm and 5.00pm
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