Cirque Dreams: Illumination

Get dazzled with the magic of Cirque Dreams

Like the Cirque du Soleil shows they so closely resemble, Neil Goldberg's Cirque Productions performances are fantastic, multimedia affairs. As Cirque Dreams: Illumination performer David Poznanter tells it, "The company combines European acrobatics with an American Broadway feeling." Poznanter should know. He spent time in Europe, where he honed his skills spinning a six-foot metal hoop as well as juggling.

Cirque Dreams: Illumination takes place on a subway platform. Poznanter, who plays the Train Engineer in the story, says, "The show is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things in any American city. It's got a hip, street-smart feeling." The 28 artists from 11 different countries play construction workers, sailors and painters; a journalist narrates the story through song, accompanied by a live saxophone player. "It has a very intimate feeling," says Poznanter, who's been traveling with the show for six months, adding that the circus transforms these everyday folks into something "spectacular and magical." 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through March 7. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 800-745-3000 or visit $24 to $73.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 23. Continues through March 7, 2010

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