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Cirque du Soleil: 20 Years Under the Sun.

Cirque du Soleil: 20 Years Under the Sun By Tony Babinski. New York: Abrams, 2004. 359 pages. Hardcover, $50.

Delivering a unique blend of dance, acrobatics, and razzle-dazzle stagecraft, the Montreal-based company has virtually defined the New Age circus for this generation. What began as a group of shaggy street performers and itinerant stilt-walkers now commands huge audiences and premium prices in Las Vegas. The path to glory was occasionally rocky--the team gambled its entire resources traveling to Los Angeles for its United States debut in 1987--but the company's fresh approach to the familiar won the attention of the Disney Company, and the blue and yellow striped tents soon became an omnipresent attraction on the American entertainment scene. This sumptuously illustrated, elegantly designed history of the organization's first two decades is a bit short on text, but the book abounds in visual allure. Fans of the Cirque will relish every page. --ALLAN ULRICH
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Author:Ulrich, Allan
Publication:Dance Magazine
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Date:Mar 1, 2005
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