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Cirque Goes to the Movies is premiering in Philly at the end of the month (May 20-22nd). The program will feature all of the live, mind-blowing acrobatics of a Cirque show, combined with the powerful soundtracks of iconic Hollywood films. Here are a few reasons we are excited for this unique production:


Whether it’s your first time or your fifth to a Cirque performance, this is an exciting premiere. Maestro Michael Krajewski and The Philly POPS present a concert that marries the incredible feats of athleticism and beauty that define Cirque with melodies and riffs that movie-lovers everywhere know. Acrobats, jugglers, and aerial gymnasts fly above the orchestra on stage, creating a spectacle of visual and musical collaboration.


What sets this show apart is its theme—movies. In some cases, perennial films are remembered for their sweeping scores as much as their stories. The Philly POPS will bring to life Max Steiner’s folk-inspired, patriotic music for Gone With the Wind with soaring string ensembles and horn accompaniments. The famously acclaimed (and famously parodied) title theme from Chariots of Fire, complete with synthesizers and power-ballad-esque piano, will be recreated with acrobats soaring almost as high as the 1980s electric sound. Other favorites like Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Magnificent Seven, and Gladiator will be featured, providing recognizably epic soundtracks for the gymnastics spectacle.

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Located in the heart of Center City, the Kimmel Center’s surrounding area offers plenty of restaurants for before or after the show dining. Head to Estia for Greek takes on fresh seafood and authentic lamb shanks, or a $33 pre-theater special. A few steps from the center, Russet offers unassuming, seasonal American fare in a vintage, comfy setting. Or stick near the Independent Hotel a short walk away, where Midtown Village staples like homestyle-Italian Little Nonna’s and vegetarian Vedge always offer unforgettable culinary experiences. For drinks after the show, head to Bar Volver in the Kimmel Center or stroll a few blocks to Ashton Cigar Box, a swanky lounge that’s perfect for a smoke and a cocktail.

For tickets and show information, check the Kimmel Center website here.