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Cirque Eloize to open 2016-17 season for Community Arts Center

The 2016-17 new season of the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 with Cirque Eloize’s “Saloon,” a high-flying show inspired by the rich legacy of the Wild Wild West. The infectious energy of folk music and strains of the fiddle set the tone for an acrobatic comedy that sweeps spectators away in a mad flurry.

In “Saloon,” America is under construction. The West is booming. The railroad is being developed. In the middle of the desert, a town comes to life. Swing open the saloon doors and enter a mythical world where theater and circus collide for 85 minutes of non-stop live music and the exhilarating pace of spectacular performances. Never before has a piano tuner kicked up so much dust under the spell of the saloon’s beautiful Belle, and he sets off in a chase worthy of the greatest Westerns.

“The show was inspired by our thriving power, the same strength that has motivated us for nearly 25 years. We borrow the Wild West universe, with whom we have so much in common: a fundamental commitment to move forward, toughness and the survival instinct, a slight irreverent trend and a sharing sense of community,” said Jeannot Painchaud, Cirque Eloize’s creative director. ” ‘Saloon’ is a wonderful playground for work of artistic exploration. It has the physical energy of acrobatics combined with the poetry of the theatrical approach, punctuated with humor and accompanied by the musical roots of our childhood. ‘Saloon’ is bright, humoristic, musical, an invitation to party.”

Positioned at the heart of the renewal of circus arts, Cirque Eloize has been creating moving performances filled with magic since 1993. Continually striving for artistic perfection, it is one of the leaders in contemporary circus arts. Based on the multidisciplinary talents of its artists, Cirque Eloize expresses its innovative nature through theatricality and humanity, and combines circus arts with music, dance and theater in a highly original manner. With 10 original productions to its credit, Cirque Eloize has presented almost 4,000 performances in more than 440 cities and 40 countries.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.caclive.com.

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