Cirque du Soleil brings its critically acclaimed production Alegria to the UK for the first time this April, kicking odd with four nights at Manchester's MEN Arena.
Last updated: 9th Apr 2012. Originally published: 26th Mar 2012
A classic Cirque du Soleil production, Alegria 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 showcases breathtaking acrobatics by an international cast of 55 performers from 17 countries.
In two and a half hours, audiences will witness gravity-defying acrobatics including the Aerial High Bars, in which daring aerialists fly to catchers swinging more than 40 feet above the stage, the Fire-Knife Dance, which sees artists manipulate flaming knives around their bodies, and Power Track, showcasing a brilliant display of synchronised choreography and tumbling on a trampoline system magically concealed under the stage floor.
Watch a trailer for Alegria below:
Alegria makes its UK debut in Manchester on Wednesday 4th April, with further shows on the 5th, 6th and 7th. Following its run in Manchester, the show will move to Glasgow and then Birmingham. Full tour dates and times are below:
Manchester Evening News Arena (Weds 4th April – Sat 7th April)