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OPENING NIGHT OF CIRQUE DU SOLEILS ALEGR A AT THE WAR MEMORIAL

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

WHAT: Alegr a, Cirque du Soleils first classic Cirque du

Soleil touring show presented in arenas, will be at the War Memorial Arena

at Oncenter from Sept. 9-13 only.

WHERE: The War Memorial Arena at Oncenter, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY

About Alegr a

Alegr a is a Spanish word that means happiness, joy and jubilation. An

operatic introspection of the struggle for power and the invigorating energy

of youth, Alegr a relates the tale of power versus weakness, the king versus

his jesters, and age against youth.

A kingdom without a king, Alegr a is a world where everyone feels imbued

with power from impish court jester Fleur to the young and vital Bronx, to

the aged and aristocratic Birds. Alegr a is inhabited by minstrels, rogues,

beggars, nobles, children and clowns, the only characters able to adapt to

the changing times and the upheaval it brings. In this enigmatic, troubling

world of profound changes and uncertainty, despite all the trials and

tribulations, there is only one constant: the human spirit remains

implacable.

Alegr a features an international cast of 55 performers and musicians from

17 countries and showcases breathtaking acrobatics. Acts include the Synchro

Trapeze and the high-speed, high-energy Aerial High Bars in which daring

aerialists fly to catchers swinging more than 40 feet above the stage. The

vibrancy of youth is alive in Power Track, a brilliant display of

synchronized choreography and tumbling on a trampoline system hidden under the stage floor. In Russian Bars, artists fly through the air and perform

spectacular somersaults and mid-air turns, landing on bars perched on the

sturdy shoulders of catchers.

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