Despite the use of trapeze arts in entertainment, the contraption was originally conceived as a way to speed up postal delivery by enabling mailmen to traverse from tree to tree. Indulge in the recreational variation of this repurposed apparatus with today’s deal: for $47, you get one 100-level ticket to see Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría at the Chaifetz Arena (a $75 value). Purchase a ticket to one of the following performances:
- Wednesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 7, at 3:30 p.m.
Fly solo to witness the aerial circus feats, or buy multiple Groupons and sit with friends, loved ones, or casual acquaintances. If you do want to sit with a group, you must buy all of your Groupons in the same transaction.
Alegría, which is Spanish for “jubilation,” is a classic Cirque du Soleil performance that’s recently begun touring the arena circuit, utilizing the cavernous spaces to embellish the high-flying antics that made the show a hit in the first place. Although the big top is gone, the circus spirit remains in the form of clownism, trapeze routines that frequently transform the artists into motion blurs, trampoline tumbling, and contortionists, just to name a few. Feel as vibrant and alive as Lydia the Tattooed Lady while watching masterful performers flip, flop, bend, and undulate in intricate, glittering costumes, all set to evocative, Grammy-nominated music. With premium 100-level seats, theatergoers will be impeccably positioned for craning upward to catch sight of the 40-foot-high, previously identified flying objects.
A Cirque du Soleil performance is an ideal outing for a family, an invigorating conversation piece for an awkward first date, and an inspirational tableau for neglected, tree-deprived gibbons. Although Alegría does not have a concrete narrative, the breathtaking physical displays present a number of themes, including the trickle of power from generation to generation, a sense of youth, and the pulse of fresh-baked life. Characters from kings and beggars to fools and aristocrats are set against this Pollock-esque backdrop of ideas, navigated by othered clowns operating outside the passage of time and the social mores that come with earth-bound hours.
Across the country, Cirque du Soleil’s traveling Alegría arena show has been celebrated by local newspapers and blogs, including the Chicago Theater Blog, Behind the Curtain, the Lincoln Journal Star, and the Rochester City Newspaper. > * Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegria” is in town, and it’s as amazingly breathtaking as advertised. – L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star > * The magic of the big top is missing, sight lines are mostly flawed and the clowns are not so funny, but Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría is still full of enchantment, a sparking example of this Canadian circus/theater troupe’s best work. – Leah A. Zeldes, Chicago Theater Blog > * Cirque du Soleil is not about understanding. It is about appreciating the spectacle. And there is plenty of spectacle to behold in “Alegria.” – Eric Rezsnyak, Rochester City Newspaper
Regular folk without press passes flip for Alegría, too: 88% of more than 2,500 Ticketmaster reviewers recommend the show, giving it 4.3 stars. > * Alegria was a combination of sports acrobatics,contortion, trapeze, fire juggling, pantamime, tumbling and trampoline mixed together with acts so unique and extreme that they defy description. On top of that the musical score was the most haunting and alluring of any Cirque show. – Usag > * Amazing how they put these shows together and the amount of practice the performers must go through to make it look effortless. For young and old or first time or multiple times go see the show and if you dont enjoy it, you should check your heartbeat. – bostonwhaler