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Cirque du Soleil brings 'Saltimbanco' to Reading

By Adam Klein, 69 News Photojournalist
Published On: Oct 25 2012 05:26:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 26 2012 05:49:43 AM CDT

Cirque du Soleil's longest running touring show, Saltimbanco, is making a stop at the Sovereign Center for four shows only.

READING, Pa. -

Cirque du Soleil's longest running touring show, 'Saltimbanco,' is making a stop at the Sovereign Center for four shows only.

After countless hours of practice, costume fittings and rehearsals, for Cirque du Soleil artists and performers, their hard work all comes together on stage performing in front of thousands of people.

Being a part of Cirque du Soleil is a dream come true for 20 year-old gymnast and Russian swing acrobat Alexa Jollimore.

"I've always told my parents I'm going to do that one day, I'm going to be a part of it. I stuck with it for 16 years and then from there became an acrobat for Cirque du Soleil," said Jollimore.

Cirque du Soleil is back at the Sovereign Center in Reading, presenting "Saltimbanco" for four performances. The first show is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The other three performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

"Saltimbanco" is Cirque du Soleil's longest-running touring show. This year is the family friendly show's last year of touring.

"It's highly colorful. It's full of joy, happiness and fun," said Maxime Charbonneau, publicist for Cirque du Soleil. "It's the show that if you have never seen a Cirque du Soleil production, it's probably your best introduction."

Fifty artists from more than 20 countries are performing. Cirque crews take between 10 to 12 hours to build their sets.

Watching "Saltimbanco," Jollimore said spectators will see breathtaking jumping, balancing and spinning acts as well as gravity-defying trapeze and bungee routines.

"It still has that old style of circus and the new style. For me, that's very unique because other shows now, they have more technology," said Jollimore.

Cirque du Soleil shows like "Saltimbanco" have awed more than 100 million spectators in more than 40 countries and six continents.

"What you see on stage is them pushing the limits of their bodies," said Charbonneau.