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April 16, 2007 10:57 ET

Cirque Du Soleil Presents Saltimbanco Visits Scotiabank Place Aug. 8 To 12

Following DELIRIUM, the first Cirque du Soleil arena touring show SALTIMBANCO COMES TO OTTAWA'S SCOTIABANK PLACE THEATRE AS PART OF ITS ARENA TOUR AUGUST 8 TO 12 Tickets on sale Saturday, April 21

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 16, 2007) - Following the success of Delirium, Cirque du Soleil presents Saltimbanco in over 40 arenas in Canada and the United States. Saltimbanco thus becomes the very first "classic" Cirque du Soleil touring show to be presented in arenas.

Saltimbanco belongs to the emblematic style of Cirque du Soleil-a style that borrows from theatre, dance and music and where spectacular costumes, lighting and make-up take pride of place.

Almost 10 years after its first stop in the National Capital, Saltimbanco is back to delight Ottawa audiences at Scotiabank Place Aug. 8 to 12.

The show

Saltimbanco-from the Italian "saltare in banco," which literally means "to jump on a bench"-explores the urban experience in all its myriad forms: the people who live there, their idiosyncrasies and likenesses, families and groups, the hustle and bustle of the street and the towering heights of skyscrapers. Between whirlwind and lull, prowess and poetry, Saltimbanco takes spectators on an allegorical and acrobatic journey into the heart of the city.

Saltimbanco is a characteristic Cirque du Soleil show 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.

The production features 47 artists, about fifteen of whom were part of the show's last big top tour. The cast hails from Canada and 14 other countries.

An intimate arena setting

Restaging the show for the arena required a number of modifications. The stage on which the artists perform was raised, and the sound and lighting were adjusted to reflect the venue's size and the stage's different position within it. Saltimbanco can now be presented to 4,000 to 5,000 spectators every night with the same feeling of intimacy as under the big top.

The North American tour

Canadian cities on the first leg of the Saltimbanco arena tour include;

London (Ont.) - John Labatt Centre July 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2007

Ottawa (Ont.) - Scotiabank Place Aug. 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2007

Halifax (N.S.) - Metro Centre Aug. 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2007

St. John's (Nfld.) - Mile One Centre Aug. 23, 24, 25 and 26, 2007

Saint John (N.B.) - Harbour Centre Aug. 30 and 31, Sept. 1 and 2, 2007

Dates and cities for the next leg will be announced soon.

Saltimbanco in Ottawa

Cirque du Soleil will present Saltimbanco at Scotiabank Place Theatre August 8 to 12.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 21 at 10 A.M. at the Scotiabank Place Box Office, and at all Sports Experts stores Ottawa and Gatineau regions, charge by phone 613-599-3267 or 1-877-788-3267 or online at

Cirque du Soleil

From the 20 or so performers that the company featured when it all began in 1984, Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil has become a leading provider of quality entertainment with over 3,500 employees, including 900 artists, from 40 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has thrilled nearly 60 million spectators in over 100 cities on five continents. In 2007, the organization will be presenting 15 shows simultaneously around the world. Cirque du Soleil has received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gemeaux, Felix and Rose d'or de Montreux. Its International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.

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