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Cirque du Soleil.

It's Canada's greatest export. (Sorry, Molson.) And in the quarter-century since a bright band of carnie types first garnered attention on the streets of Baie-Saint-Paul, outside Quebec City, Cirque has grown into the pinnacle organization of its type.

As you'll read inside our cover feature, catching a Cirque show before you take that last great somersault into the darkness yourself is just something people do. Or should try their damndest to do.

And there's no more convenient opportunity for Springs residents to see a show than right now, with Cirque's touring arena program bringing one to us. No flights to Vegas or beyond — just a drive to the World Arena for one of eight performances next week.

Thanks to a generous invite from the creative machine that is Cirque — which paid for my flight to, and lodging and transport in, Kansas — I was able to preview Alegría before it arrives.

After watching the performance from two vantage points, I was granted a tour backstage after the show, as well as a few hours all over the arena the following day to interview the cast and crew. That peek behind the curtain revealed a stunning portrait of professional effort, in sheer volume of gear alone.

Though I've been through Vegas three times, I'm almost ashamed to admit that this was my first time to see a Cirque performance; having done so, I hope it won't be my last. Now I have this itch to collect all 21 show tickets like trading cards.

Cirque lives up to the hype that precedes it. Do yourself a favor and live up to the potential of this moment.

  • Cirque du Soleil. It's Canada's greatest export. (Sorry, Molson.)

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