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Delirium coming to Arena

DULUTH - It's charmed audiences in 30 cities and it's regularly among the top-five grossing concerts in the nation, and now Cirque du Soleil's "Delirium" tour will come to Duluth.

Tickets go on sale Monday for "Delirium," which will be performed June 8 and 9 at the Gwinnett Arena.

It's the first time one of Cirque du Soleil's shows will come to the Gwinnett venue. Cirque is known for its intricate costumes, dazzling choreography and imaginative tales set to live music.

"Delirium's" compilation of live musicians, singers and dancers is one of Cirque du Soleil's most ambitious productions yet.

More than four dozen performers will help bring to life "Delirium," which features Cirque du Soleil music remixed with a tribal beat, percussions and world rhythms. Acrobatic dances will share center stage with classic Cirque feats including aerial tricks and hand-balancing acts.

For the first time in Cirque history, the song lyrics in "Delirium" aren't in an invented language. They have been written in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese to provide a new experience for loyal fans.

Hosting the large-scale production presents a challenge for arenas to produce, as more than 300 feet of projected images - almost as wide as two Imax screens - dominate the show.

Almost 60 million people in more than a hundred cities have seen Cirque du Soleil since it began in 1984. This year, 14 shows will be presented around the world, including "Delirium." Cirque du Soleil's "Corteo" was performed November through January at Atlantic Station.

"Delirium" performances will start at 8 p.m. June 8 and 9 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Tickets range in price from $39.50 to $125 and will be available through Ticketmaster. Call 404-249-6400 or visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.