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Cirque du Soleil's newest spectacle arrives in OKC



Inspired by the urban fabric and colorful inhabitants of a fictional city, "Saltimbanco," Cirque du Soleil's newest spectacle, is a high-intensity acrobatic display of strength, agility and cultural diversity.  

Saltimbanco "explores the urban experience in all its myriad forms: the people who live there, their idiosyncrasies and likenesses, families and groups, the hustle and bustle of the street and the towering heights of skyscrapers," according to Cirque du Soleil's Web site. 

True urbanites "? the baroque characters of the imaginary city of Saltimbanco "? perform nine acts, including adagio, bungee-cord acrobatics and theatrics with Chinese poles. "Saltimbanco"'s adagio movement is comprised of "acrobalance" feats popularized by circuses and sideshow acts, and features three acrobats who meld together, demonstrating strength, balance and flexibility. 

Four performers tied to a bungee cord give the impression of magnificent birds swinging, swooping and soaring through the air. Performing 25 feet above the stage, acrobats quickly move between tall Chinese poles symbolizing the imaginary skyscrapers of Saltimbanco. 

Also inhabiting the city are multicolored worms symbolizing conventionality, and the "Vers" masques that represent nameless and faceless followers. The city's ringmaster guides spectators through the dreamlike world of color, grace and beauty, where creativity and diversity are a cause for hope. 

"Saltimbanco" stages at the Ford Center 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday. Additional performances are slated for 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.  

Tickets are $40-$95. For more information, call 602-8700.

"?Natalie Burkey



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