Conseco Fieldhouse, Feb. 11
Cirque Du Soleil brought its second arena-style show, a version of longtime hit Alegria
, to Conseco Fieldhouse last week. In the past, Cirque stuck to large markets, where it could erect a massive tent and perform in one place for weeks before moving on. Lately, the Montreal-based performance art franchise has taken to revamping earlier shows for touring arena presentations. The results are a bit low-key compared to the more lavish earlier incarnations, but half a loaf of Cirque Du Soleil's masterful stagecraft still makes for an entertaining evening. While the physical feats are impressive, the greater emphasis in these touring shows is on clowning. Cirque's clowns are artists in their own right and, in Alegria
, their work ranged from the uproariously ridiculous to the truly sublime.