Le Cirque Fantastique

SHOW: SALTIMBANCO

TROUPE: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

WHERE: A YELLOW-AND-BLUE TENT IN THE BATTERY, NEW YORK CITY

THE BOTTOM LINE: Four words -- greatest show on earth.

FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY IS FORBIDden at Cirque du Soleil, the master of ceremonies announces at the outset of its all new show Saltimbanco, "because of the extreme danger it represents to the people of our world." Our world? To anyone unfamiliar with the previous spectacles of this Montreal-based big top -- Le Cirque Reinvente and Nouvelle Experience -- the emcee's remark will seem twee and pretentious. But he's not kidding. Their world is beautiful, seductive, utterly...

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