Cirque Éloize returns to Eisenhower Auditorium with Wild West ‘Saloon’ The September 21 Event Opens the 2016-17 Season

Not since “Cirkopolis” has Montreal-based contemporary circus troupe Cirque Éloize tantalized a central Pennsylvania audience with its gravity-defying acrobatics. The company will return to Penn State for the first time in three years with its new Wild West-themed adventure “Saloon.” The production, co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts, will swing open its doors at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Tickets—$42 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student, and $32 for a person 18 and younger—may be purchased online at or by phone at 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX. 

“Saloon” takes audiences on a trip to a burgeoning American West populated with a cast of athletic characters, including a femme fatale and her law-avoiding lover, a sneaky barkeep and dueling cowboys. Eight artists will exhibit their talents on acrobatic devices such as Chinese pole, Cyr wheel, Korean plank and aerial straps. Unique to this Cirque Éloize production, a live trio will perform country-folk music, including songs by Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. Plus, a trip to 19th-century America wouldn’t be complete without a scene atop a speeding locomotive.

The Hartford Courant praised the show’s August world premiere at Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort Casino. “Everything’s a bit ‘off,’ gloriously so, in this weird blend of history, pop culture, folklore, fantasy, gymnastic precision and general circus wonderment,” the reviewer wrote about the opening night of “Saloon.”

Since its inception in 1993, Cirque Éloize has performed 11 original productions. The company has appeared before audiences in more than 500 cities and 50 countries. The troupe has also performed for international audiences at numerous prestigious festivals.

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