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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Cirque du Soleil takes 'normal' to the next level


The flamboyant costumes of the "The 'Nostalgic Old Birds' are hand-detailed with feathers, sequins, lace and colored fabrics. While the 'Nostalgic Old Birds' represent the self-indulgent old aristocracy, 'Alegria' embraces joy the new. Cirque du Soleil translated into English means "Circus of the Sun". A contemporary circus that mixes artistry with athleticism. Cirque Du Soleil's "Alegria" comes to the Colonial Life Arena May 11-15. - Kim Kim Foster-Tobin /kkfoster@thestate.com

Sunday, May. 08, 2011

By OTIS R. TAYLOR JR. - otaylor@thestate.com

GREENSBORO — A Cirque du Soleil performance is anything but normal, so, naturally, one would expect an abnormal backstage area. Not necessarily anything that rivals the extravagant and physically-wowing movements on stage, just something.But when we got a behind-the-scenes look at Alegria, the Cirque production that opens Wednesday at the Colonial Life Arena, the only thing that looked out of place among the rolling crates and rolling garment racks was two Toro leaf blowers. Even the shirtless, barrel-chested stump of a man who was jogging backstage didn’t seem out of place when we visited the Greensboro Coliseum in mid-April on the opening night of Alegria’s five-day run there. It was my first time seeing a Cirque production. Before the assignment, frankly, I didn’t have an interest in seeing a show. The closest I had been to Cirque was watching a “60 Minutes” profile in 2005. I do enjoy non-traditional circuses, though, particularly the productions at Spoleto Festival USA. I can only hope the shows I see this year are as entertaining as Alegria. Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2011/05/08/1807117/span-classleadininformation-spanwwwtwctixcom.html#ixzz1Ll5kRExL

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