Cirque Italia brings water circus to area

BOARDMAN — Cirque Italia is bringing its big top tent and water circus to the Southern Park Mall parking lot for eight performances beginning tonight.

The white-and-blue tent is used to create the old-time circus feel, but its also incorporates a 35,000-gallon water stage. A water curtain controls every droplet of water, and words and patterns can be projected onto the “curtain” as the water falls to the lagoon below, synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent.

The show, “Aqua,” includes contortionists, a laser man, a wheel of death, BMX riders, aerialists, clowns and other attractions.

One thing it doesn’t include are live animal acts. There may be puppets that look like animals, but Cirque Italia’s shows strictly are animal free.

Cirque Italia will perform 7:30 p.m. today and Friday and 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Southern Park Mall, 7401 Market St., Boardman. Tickets range from $25 to $50 for adults and $10 to $45 for children and can be purchased in advance at www.cirqueitalia.com or at the tent the day of the performance.