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Saltimbanco


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Prologue
Adagio Trio
Chinese Poles
Balancing/Canes
Juggling
Boleadoras
Russian Swing
Solo Trapeze
Hand to Hand
Bungee
Epilogue

Réserve
Aerial Straps


Retiré
Vertical Rope
Contortion
Manipulation
Diabolo
Duo Trapeze
Double Wire
Artistic Bicycle

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Experience
Boleadoras
(Apr.23.1992 - Jan.08.1995; 1996+)


A man and a woman take centre stage and begin a rhythmic dance. The sound of their stamping feet grows gradually louder until their Latin beat resonates throughout the Big Top. In their hands, they spin bolas - simple percussive instruments consisting of a weight attached to the end of a rope. The weights hit the floor in an explosion of sound - first in unison, then in counterpoint to the performers' dancing feet. This unique act brings together two complementary art forms and two astounding performers. One of them is an accomplished Boleadoras performer while the otherr is an expert flamenco dancer. They have shared their skills and created an entrancing number.

“A man and woman take centre stage and begin a rhythmic dance. The sound of their stamping feet grows gradually louder until their Latin beat resonates throughout the world of Saltimbanco,” says Cirque du Soleil and it is absolutely true. These performers spin Bolas, which are simple instruments consisting of a weight attached to a rope. As the performers twirl the bolas, the weights strike the floor, which makes their signature WHACK-WHACK-WHACK sound. Their stomping sets the tone as they rock the world and attempt to bring order to the chaos that surrounds them. Or, perhaps, are they the ones that have unleashed it?

The accompaniment to the Boleadoras Flamenco act incorporates a percussion contraption that looks like some sort of bizarre octopus. This assortment of synthesized drums includes MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) connections that allow the percussionist to play various patches that enhance the performers' bolas and tap shoes as they strike the miked stage. The Bola Girls dance and twirl and the pace becomes so intense that the bola balls appear to be flying off of their strings as the percussionist seems to grow several arms to keep up with the multitude of drum strikes.

 

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