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Cirque du Soleil tickets to go on sale June 16

May 12, 2009 | 10:00 am

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Tickets for Cirque du Soleil's new "Kooza" production, opening Oct. 16 at the Santa Monica Pier, will go on sale to the general public June 16, the Canadian organization announced today.  

Saying it had resolved traffic and parking issues that plagued previous Cirque shows, the Santa Monica City Council voted in January to allow the troupe to return with its touring production. Cirque last visited the pier a decade ago.

The return engagement, to be produced under the trademark blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (big top), coincides with two anniversaries this year: the pier's 100th and Cirque du Soleil's 25th. Cirque shows combine inventive acrobatics with "post-modern" clowning.

After the Santa Monica run, "Kooza" will move south for performances beginning Jan. 7, 2010, at a new big top location, the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.

In Santa Monica, the show will go on at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays.

"Cirque represents an important economic driver to increase tourism during these tough economic times," said Santa Monica City Manager P. Lamont Ewell.

Tickets for both venues will be available to the general public starting June 16. Specially priced tickets are available through June 15 to Cirque Club members. Membership is free. For information, visit the troupe's website.

--Martha Groves

Photo credit: Gabriel Bouys / AFP / Getty Images

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