WANT TO GO?
Cirque de la Symphonie with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
TICKETS: $39, $55, $67
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.wvsymphony.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. --Bill Allen said he feels a little guilty about people paying full price for their seats at Friday and Saturday night's Cirque de la Symphonie shows with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
"They're paying full price, but they're really only going to need the edge of those seats," the show's executive director/producer said and laughed.
Cirque de la Symphonie, he promised, will provide plenty of circus excitement.
There will be aerialists performing above the audience, but "it's not just people flying overhead," he said.
"There will be jugglers and contortionists and other acts -- all on the stage."
He added, "What you have is a sort of three-dimensional extravaganza with cirque artists while the symphony plays."
Among the artists will be Allen's partner and the show's creative director, Alexander Streltsov, a Russian silk aerialist and acrobat who got his start at the Moscow Circus.
Streltsov was something of a sensation from a young age. In 1991, at the age of 12, he won the gold medal at the Festival Mondial Du Cirque De L'Avenir, an international contest for cirque artists and also performed on Broadway as part of cirque director Valentin Gneushev's show, "Cirk Valentin."
"He's amazing," Allen said.
But he's not the entire show.