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    "Do not be fooled. I am neither spirit nor magic spell, neither man nor woman. Without hearth or home, I am neither a god nor a demon, nor a song, nor a tale. I am no one, but many faces are legion. Unmask me... if you dare!"

    Imagine. It’s the evening of April 23, 1992, and you’re seated on a bleacher under an expanded Grand Chapiteau, staked on the quays of the Vieux Port de Montreal, and preparing to witness Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco perform for the public for the very first time. You have your popcorn. You have your soda. And you have your programme book, a thick booklet filled with information on the show you are about to witness. You’ve just read the above passage and wonder... what are we about to see? Who or what was Saltimbanco?

    Although Cirque wouldn’t know it at the time – couldn’t know it, really - Saltimbanco would change the course of the company’s history forever. Though Cirque found success with Le Cirque Réinventé (1987- 1990) and compounded that success with Nouvelle Expérience (1990- 1993), it would be Saltimbanco’s colorful explosion of artistry, depth and emotion that would catapult Cirque du Soleil into the realm of avant-garde masters, where it would remain for decades to come.

    Developed under the direction and vision of Franco Dragone, and polished with the assistance of a coven of creative thinkers, Saltimbanco is considered one of the first Cirque du Soleil productions to focus entirely on a specific set of themes and ideas, presented to the audience without bias or without explanation; a method that would become the signature of Cirque du Soleil for years to come: “the vague intuition”.

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