The critically-celebrated international entertainment group Cirque du Soleil will perform for the first time ever in South Africa with its vibrant signature production Saltimbanco in March and April 2011. This timeless Cirque du Soleil opus hits new territories with a series of exclusive shows in Johannesburg from March 9 – 19 at the Coca-Cola Dome and in Cape Town from March 23 – March 27 at Grand Arena GrandWest Casino. Owing to popular demand, an additional four shows were added to the Johannesburg season, extending the show’s run from 13 to 19 March 2011.
Saltimbanco is Cirque du Soleil’s longest-running touring show and has performed since 1992 to wide-spread acclaim to sell-out audiences in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand, for more than 11.5 million enthusiastic fans.
Classic Cirque du Soleil at its best, Saltimbanco is a thrilling and kaleidoscopic celebration of awe inspiring artistry and agility. With a cast of 50 high-caliber artists hailing from 20 different countries, Saltimbanco features breathtaking acrobatics and unbelievable athleticism during solo spotlights and epic ensembles. From the seemingly impossible balancing, jumping and spinning during the Chinese Poles or the Russian Swing to the gravity-defying Bungees and Trapeze, the crowd pleasing Juggling and Acrobatic Bicycle, to the celebrated and very unique Clowns. Technical expertise and extravagant design are woven together by uplifting spectacular costumes, amazing lighting, humor and enchanting music and magic. Full of colour, amusement and amazement, Saltimbanco is a fun show for the whole family to enjoy.
Saltimbanco is inspired by the urban fabric of the metropolis and its colourful inhabitants. Decidedly baroque in its visual vocabulary, the show’s eclectic cast of characters draws spectators into a fanciful, dreamlike world, an imaginary city where diversity is a cause for hope.
Saltimbanco is currently showing in the United Kingdom and transporting the production to South Africa will be a mammoth task. The equipment on tour, including the set and stage equipment, costumes totals 360,000 pounds (180 tons) and is transported in 16 semi-trailers. All costumes, including headpieces and shoes, are custom-made for the each individual performer at the Cirque du Soleil workshops in Montreal, Canada. The artists wear three to five different costumes during each performance and more than 2,500 costume pieces including 250 pairs of shoes travel from city to city in 50 road cases.
Venue: Coca-Cola Dome
Dates: March 9 – March 19, 2011
Venue: Grand Arena GrandWest Casino
Dates: March 23 – March 27, 2011
No Monday performances
Weekdays: Tuesday to Friday 20h00.
Weekends: Saturday 16h00 and 20h00; Sunday 13h00 and 17h00
Prices: (including Computicket charges):
Weekdays: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday evening R 272, R 374, R 426
Weekends: Fridays, Saturdays, Sunday matinee R 324, R 426, R 476
- 20+ tickets = 10% discount,
- 100+ tickets = 15% discount, and
- Student / pensioner = 20% discount.
- Via Computicket by calling 083 915 8000 or visiting www.computicket.com.
- Corporate / group bookings available through Big Concerts office: Contact: Terri Claydon on (021) 422 3500 or email [email protected].
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