Saltimbanco is Fantastic!

Posted: November 10, 2008 by Nathan Kam in Family & Friends, Random Raves & Rants
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UPDATE – NOV. 12: Just found out this morning that Cirque du Soleil is offering a special $20 Twitter discount on Saltimbanco tickets for select shows now through Sunday, Nov. 16 (closing night). For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit this Ticketmaster special page. BTW, you don’t have to be on Twitter to take advantage. 😉
Al Seib © 2005 Cirque du Soleil Inc.]

House Troup Artists. Picture credit: Al Seib © 2005 Cirque du Soleil Inc.

Allow me to get this part out to of the way. If you haven’t seen Cirque du Soleil’s amazing show Saltimbanco at the Neal Blaisdell Arena yet, I highly recommend you get there before it leaves Honolulu on November 16.

Kelly and I held up our earlier promise and went to see the show last night. I’ll be honest that I was a bit skeptical about just how good a traveling version of a Cirque show could be having seen Mystere and Zumanity in Las Vegas. But last night’s performance squashed all concerns. It’s just as good and 100% entertaining just like I expect a Cirque show to be.

I’m still having a difficult time putting into words exactly what we saw last night. How did the guy climb up the pole using nothing but his arms and upper body strength? How in the world could that guy ride a bike forward, backwards, and while doing handstands like that? Did I really just see that guy juggle eight balls at once in the air and on the ground? And the amazing ladies on the trapeze had to have been tethered together, right? Nope! Pure skill, thrill, and exhilaration!

But don’t just take my word for it that this show is worth every penny. Fellow blogger Ryan Ozawa’s wonderful review of Saltimbanco sums up the experience best. In his post he writes:

The acrobatics were breathtaking. This is Cirque Du Soleil, after all. Leaping from pole to pole, spinning and swinging from the cavernous arena ceiling, my daughter shrieked as they made death defying leaps.  At any given moment, there were a dozen things happening at once, and seemingly every performer on stage was absorbed in his or her own show.  The most exciting moments were the most disappointing in that you knew you were missing something any time you fixed your gaze.

I couldn’t agree more. Saltimbanco is definitely a feast for the senses and what I would call a wild dream come to life. This is family entertainment like you’ve never seen before. Kelly and I both left the show energized and with a feeling of excitement and awe. It’s only here until November 16. Don’t miss out!


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  1. […] Island in Las Vegas years ago. Since then, I’ve seen Zumanity, Ka, and the traveling show Saltimbanco. Mind-blowing stuff and something everyone should experience at least once in their […]

  2. […] Soleil show, not the Chicken Saltimbocca that you eat.  For great local reviews, please check out Nathan Kam or Ryan Ozawa’s blogs.  Thanks also to them both for pointing me to a $20 discount that […]

  3. MJ says:

    Aloha Nathan,

    Glad you enjoyed the show. I agree that this was definitely awe inspiring. After seeing it, I wanted to go bungee jumping or bouncing from pole to pole. However, while it was definitely gasp inducing, I definitely don’t want to follow in the footsteps of the Ukranian twin trapeze artists. What they do is truly terrifying and beautiful.

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