Bloomingdale's Unveils Holiday Windows with Cirque du Soleil Performance
People gathered to watch the live Cirque de Soleil performance outside Bloomingdale's on East 59th Street and Lexington Avenue.
By Mary Johnson, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
November 14, 2012
UPPER EAST SIDE — The contortionists, clowns and hula-hoop masters of Cirque du Soleil delighted crowds of onlookers on Lexington Avenue Tuesday night as part of the official unveiling of holiday windows at Bloomingdale's flagship location.
The holiday windows are all inspired by the upcoming film "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away," which opens Dec. 21.
A Cirque de Soleil clown kicked off the show.
The brightly colored window displays unveiled Tuesday night include interactive elements that snap photos of passersby and project their image on characters in the store's windows. The displays show high-flying acrobats like those in Cirque du Soleil, along with more traditional holiday themes like ornaments and presents.
Cirque de Soleil performers in front of Bloomingdale's as part of the holiday window unveiling on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.
In honor of the popular troupe, performers from the odd and awe-inspiring international circus took to a stage set up in front of the department store for a series of flips, tricks and gags.
During the performance, a white-faced clown meandered in front of the stage before the show began, hamming it up for photographers and tickling one young onlooker with a feather.
The department store's holiday windows are located on Lexington Avenue between East 60th and 59th streets.
Four contortionists bent their bodies into unthinkable positions, and a woman dressed in skintight white lace twirled half-a-dozen hula hoops around various parts of her body.
Apart from the windows, Bloomingdale's on East 59th Street and Lexington Avenue was aglow with holiday lights on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.
Catherine Sarno, who lives in Midtown, brought her 4-year-old daughter, Zoe, to the performance. It was Zoe's first encounter with Cirque du Soleil, and she said her favorite part of the show was the end, when confetti rained down on the performers.
"I've seen [Cirque de Soleil], but I've never brought her to it," Sarno said, as her daughter stared at the stage. "It was a great performance."
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