My next Cirque du Soleil act - Saltimbanco

The most recent Cirue du Soleil act I caught was Varekai in Manila. Not only was it a visual treat but was a feast for the palate as well.

While Cirque du Soleil's amazing feats were breathtaking, the  Manila Hotel's Champagne Room experience was sensational, that's due to the Varekai-inspired, seven-course Degustation Menu whipped up by Chef de Cuisine Chrstine Zarandin.  Worthwhile time was spent in the company of friends.

Varekai's Manila run proved to be a success. Thus, Hoopla Inc. is bringing over Saltimbanco this year for a 10-day run in August. Again, I don't have to travel far to add another fabulous entry to my Cirque du Soleil journal.

Hear ye! Hear ye! The circus will be in town!

Even if the Saltimbanco Manila show was formally announced in November 2011 and knew that I'll be catching this circus act, I can't ink an exact date to watch. Not until the day before April Fool's Day and the last few hours of an airline's seat sale. The AirPhil deal was a steal (but I'm crossing my fingers that there'll be no hitches this time), and that sealed the CdS deal.

Saltimbanco, here I come!

Saltimbanco -from the Italian "saltare in banco", which literally means "to jump on a bench"-explores the urban experience in all its myriad forms: the people who live there, their idiosyncrasies and likenesses, families and groups, the hustle and bustle of the street and the towering heights of skyscrapers. Between whirlwind and lull, prowess and poetry, Saltimbanco takes spectators on an allegorical and acrobatic journey into the heart of the city. 

Saltimbanco is a Cirque du Soleil signature show inspired by the urban fabric of the metropolis and its colorful inhabitants. Decidedly baroque in its visual vocabulary, the show's eclectic cast of characters draws spectators into a fanciful, dreamlike world, an imaginary city where diversity is a cause for hope.

It excites me that soon I will meet the urbanites of Saltimbanco.

La Belle, the town crier.

The Baron is our guide in the world of Saltimbanco.
(Kakayanin mo bang hindi sumunod?)

Eddie is a jester, a clown.

The Child King

The Dreamer & the Ringmaster

The Cavaliers

One of the Baroques, free & enlightened spirits.

A Masked Worm

Acts to expect: Adagio, Chinese Poles, Juggling, Boleadoras, Russian Swing, Duo Trapeze, Hand to Hand & Bungees.

Watch & be amazed.....

Saltimbanco performs in Manila form August 9th through the 19th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Book your tickets HERE.

*All images courtesy of the Cirque du Soleil Press Room.