Cirque du Soleil Returns with Saltimbanco

Based in Quebec, Canada and founded by two street performers named Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier, Cirque du Soleil is an entertainment company that uses circus arts and street performances. Before it became the brand that people know and love today, the cirque started out with the moniker Les Échassiers. It started out in the eighties as a performing troupe and applied for a government grant to keep it afloat until 1983 before it was reformatted in 1984, establishing the Cirque du Soleil brand.

With the help of secondary funding, the group was able to re-create their image, this time focusing on dramatic combinations of arts and street culture in their acts. They incorporated the use of characters during shows and invested in performing animals. After some time, they were able to start performing as a proper circus entertaining various audiences across the globe.

All of the shows presented by Cirque du Soleil are themed and they make it a point to serve as storytellers during these performances. The cirque is not your typical circus as they bring more to the table with every show. A proper storyline is created with a central theme and continuous live music accompanying different circus styles from various places around the world.

During the 1980s, the team suffered through a number of financial problems that were resolved with the help of government grants and such. After the Nouvelle Expérience was established sometime later, the cirque started making profits and this allowed them to invest in new materials and new acts. Through the years, they have been able to develop 30 shows that are being performed on rotation year in and year out.

For the first time ever, Cirque du Soleil went to Manila to stage a limited series of performances for their show entitled Varekai. Because of the positive response from the Filipino audiences, they decided to return once more to stage another show this coming August entitled Saltimbanco, which they will be performing at the SM Mall of Asia Arena from August 9-19, 2012. Tickets are available at SM ticketing outlets, the cirque’s website, and on with prices ranging from Php 960 to Php 10500.

Saltimbanco started in 1992 and it was the first cirque show that focused on a central theme. For this particular show, the creators wanted to concentrate their efforts on elements characterized as cosmopolitan urbanism. For a lot of the people who saw the show, they agreed that Saltimbanco evoked a story of peace.

Around that time, different societies were dealing with the immigration issue and this show wanted to reflect a sense of unity despite the different backgrounds that people living in the same community had. The show wanted to give tribute to all personalities, races, and colors with the help of the stage. They wanted people to realize that there is a strong need in this world for mutual respect despite all of our differences.

The name of the show was actually derived from an Italian phrase that means to jump on a bench and it went something like “saltare in banco.” For this particular show, there were 47 artists that make up the cast and these performers came from 15 different countries. Right now, this is the cirque show that has been running for the longest time since its creation.

It has been around for fifteen years and the team has toured the world. The goal of the cirque group is to reach as many people as possible especially since they have something that can help educate an audience when it comes to the value of respect for humankind.

Sooner rather than later, this amazing show will reach Philippine soil and this is something that you should not miss out on. Get your tickets and marvel at the amazing world of Cirque du Soleil. Saltimbanco awaits.

SM Mall of Asia Arena
Mall of Asia, Bay Area, Pasay City, Metro Manila