'Alegria' brings 'joy' to Intrust Bank Arena

Cirque du Soleil brings its longest-running extravaganza, "Alegria," to Intrust Bank Arena for four more shows today and Sunday. Here's what you need to know:

1) The show has been seen by more than 10 million people since it premiered in 1994. It's one of nine touring Cirque shows worldwide with names like "Quidam," "Dralion" and "Saltimbanco." All told, Cirque has played to nearly 100 million people — including 15 million just in 2010.

2) "Alegria," which means "joy" or "jubilation" in Spanish, has a story thread about older generations stepping aside and passing on the world to younger generations. The show features lavish costumes, original music and inventive takes on trapeze flying, strength balancing and juggling.

3) Coming in and out during the 2 1/2-hour show are at least 10 acts, from synchronized trapeze to trampoline tumblers, from mirror-image contortionists to aerial acrobats. Unlike traditional American circuses, Cirque du Soleil features no animal acts. Instead, it showcases the artistry of athleticism.

Performances are at 1 and 5 p.m. today and Sunday at Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman. Tickets range from $35 to $94 at Select-A-Seat outlets, online at www.selectaseat.com, or by calling 316-755-SEAT.