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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Alegria’ due this fall at Blaisell

April 29th, 2010

Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegria,” which has entertained 10 million spectators since its 1994 premiere in Montreal, will make its Honolulu debut Oct. 13 at the Blaisdell Arena, where it will be in residency through Oct. 31.
“Alegria” is a Spanish word meaning happiness, joy and jubilation. The production features a cast of 55 dancers, musicians and acrobats, representing 15 nations, including the Syncho Trapeze and Aerial High Bars where daredevils soar through the air 40 feet above the stage. Power Track represents youthful energy with synchronized choreography and tumbling performed on a trampoline system hidden beneath the stage floor. Another spectacle, Russian Bars, features aerialists somersaulting in mid-air, landing on bars perched on the sturdy shoulders of the catchers.
A total of 21 performances, including numerous matinees, will be staged during the run daily except Mondays, Oct. 15 through 31. Premium tickets: $95 to $99 for adults, $76 to $80 for children 12 and under, $85.50 for military, seniors and students. Other tickets: $40 to $79 for adults, $32 to $64 for youths 12 and under, and $36 to $67.50 for military, seniors and students. Discounts are available in some categories, through April 25, if you join the Cirque Club, at www.cirqueclub.com.
“Alegria” is the second Cirque to play Honolulu; two years ago, the Canadian company brought its touring “Saltimbanco” to the same venue, prompting a follow-up visit.
“After the great success of ‘Saltimbanco’ in 2008, which was experienced by more than 35,000 people, we are thrilled to return to Honolulu with this new show, said Finn
Taylor, general manager of Cirque du Soleil Venue Shows, in a statement.
“ ‘Alegria’ is a complete departure from ‘Saltimbanco’ with different acts, costumes, music ... a whole new experience.”

‘ALEGRIA’

Premieres at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15
Blaisdell Arena
Premium tickets: $95 to $99 for adults, $76 to $80 for children 12 and under, $85.50 for military, seniors and students
Other tickets: $40 to $79 for adults, $32 to $64 for youths 12 and under, and $36 to $67.50 for military, seniors and students
800-745-3000, www.cirquedusoleil.com/alegria; discounts for Cirque Club members, through April 25, in some categories – join at www.cirqueclub.com.

The full schedule:
Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 17, 1 and 5 p.m.
Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 24, 1 and 5 p.m.
Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30, 3:30and 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 31, 1 and 5 p.m.

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