It’s a brand-new Cirque du Soleil show in a brand-new venue.
“Volta” is the 41st show from the company that reinvigorated circus by infusing the traditional form with a fine art sensibility. It comes to Tampa for five weeks beginning on Valentine’s Day. It’s just the second U.S. tour stop for “Volta.”
“Volta” is a bit of a departure for Cirque du Soleil because it’s built around extreme sports. There’s plenty of more traditional circus stuff – or at least a Cirque du Soleil version of that traditional stuff — but the show also includes BMX and parkour.
The venue is a new one that won’t be familiar to most people in Bradenton. (It’s not even that familiar to a lot of people in Tampa.) Cirque du Soleil is setting up its big top in the parking lot of the old Tampa Dog Track, at the Bird Street exit of I-275. That’s about four miles north of downtown Tampa and very easy to find and get to. The dog track is closed, and now the building holds a poker room called TGT. That doesn’t attract big crowds, so the expansive parking lot is largely vacant these days.
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As always with Cirque du Soleil shows, there’s a story line. According to the company, “Volta” is “a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail.” But the narrative is seldom apparent or important as you’re watching the show.
Details: Feb. 14-March 18, Tampa Dog Track, 8300 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday. $33-$261. cirquedusoleil.com.