Saltimbanco - Cirque Du Soleil

78 minutes, 1993

A series of small allegorical pictures are used to illustrate the Cirque du Soleil performance, Saltimbanco, which in its own way tells about the origins of humans. Like every human being, the Cirque’s characters are born without clothing and then put on various fabrics and colours as they adapt to their environment. Soon, they will divide up into a variety of social types, all united within the Baroques family, the centre of the troupe making up the Cirque. This film is both a documentary of an extraordinary show and a fable about our civilization’s contradictions.

Source: Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)

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