Cirque du Soleil: promising something completely different

OUCH!
OUCH!

THE circus is coming to town!

Not your usual clown, acrobats and performing elephants, mind you, but an alternative approach to this form of entertainment — Cirque du Soleil.

The renowned company is now back with a new production, Alegria, for a stint at the SECC.

Alegria is a classic Cirque du Soleil production that has received international acclaim and wowed more than 10 million people worldwide since it premiered in 1994 in Montreal.

Alegria is a Spanish word meaning happiness and the show features an international cast of 55 performers and musicians from 17 countries showcasing breathtaking acrobatics.

Featured in the two and a half hour show will be the rhythmic and dangerous Fire-Knife Dance with artists manipulating flaming knives around their bodies, While Poser Track showcases a brilliant display of synchronised choreography and tumbling on a trampoline magically concealed under the stage floor.

The extravaganza also showcases gravity-defying acrobatics which will dazzle and astound audiences of all ages.

The company has managed to entertain approaching 100 million people in 300 cities acros five continents since it began in Quebec in 1984.

Its return to Glasgow should be one of the entertainment highlights of the year.

The troupe has previouusly visited the city with Delirium, in 2008, Quidam in 2009 and Saltimbanco in 2010.

Cirque du Soleil will be at the SECC from April 11 to 15 and tickets cost £50.