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Cirque Du Soleil Performance Coming to Erie

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The legendary Cirque du Soleil is coming to Erie in August for the first time in its 30 year history. Seven performances of the production Varekai will take place at Erie Insurance Arena from August 13 - 17.

Their advance team was in Erie to give us a sneak peak. They held an preview event at the Erie Art Museum.  With the art as a backdrop...cast members Alona Zhuravel and Raphael Botelho performed a piece from Varekai. It's based on the myth of Icarus and has wowed over 8 million people world wide.
       
Cirque du soleil began with 20 street performers in montreal in 1984.   It now has 1,300 artists who have performed in 300 cities around the globe.
 In the last few years they've been able to modify their big top shows for arenas. That means smaller markets, such as Erie get to experience first hand what's been called the circus of the future.

"Smaller markets you know...they're typically new to Cirque du Soleil, they may have traveled to bigger markets to see it or have seen it only on TV so to actually bring it into their city means a lot and we're so happy to be able to do that," said Vanessa Napoli a publicist with the organization.

"We're changing cities every week so it's hard to keep up with how many have we been in," said performer Alona Zhuravel who has been with the production for two years. She added, "But usually performances go for 10 weeks and we get 2 weeks off."

 The Erie Insurance Arena renovation may have played a role in attracting Cirque du Soleil to town.  Tickets are on sale at the arena box office.
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