Cirque du Soleil returns to Portland this summer with revamped ‘Alegría’

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The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been easy on the French-Canadian circus troupe Cirque du Soleil. In 2020, it had to suspend its productions around the globe and sought bankruptcy protection. Since then, it’s permanently closed several of its productions, including the sports-themed “Volta,” which was scheduled to play Portland in the summer of 2020.

On Tuesday, Cirque announced it is planning to make its long-awaited return to the Rose City this summer with a revamped production of its classic show “Alegría,” which first played here in 2003. The show is scheduled to run June 16-July 17 at the Portland Expo Center, and will be performed under one of the company’s signature big tents.

“Alegría” was created in 1994 and is considered one of Cirque’s artistic high points. It was retired in 2013, but was revived with considerable alterations for its 25th anniversary in 2019.

This summer’s run of shows marks the first time in five years that Cirque has pitched its tents in Portland. The steam punk-themed “Curios” played the Expo Center in 2017.

Tickets to “Alegría” are currently on sale to Cirque Club members (free to join at cirquedusoleil.com/club-cirque). Tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 21. They run from $49 to $324, with various VIP and family packages available.

— Grant Butler

gbutler@oregonian.com; @grantbutler





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