Cirque Italia — a unique circus-type experience with performances such as aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, contortionists and more — performed Saturday in Tyler.

The show kicked off Thursday night and continued Sunday in the parking lot of Broadway Square Mall.Tickets can be purchased through the Cirque Italia website or by phone at (941) 704-8572. Cirque Italia will also respond to text messages.

Cirque Italia manager and artist Morgaine Rosenthal said the show offers a unique experience for the whole family.

“We are the first traveling water circus in the U.S. We have an eco-friendly, dynamic water stage that is unlike anything you have ever seen before,” she said. ‘It’s a beautiful combination of death defying circus acts, with the atmosphere of our water stage, rain and fountains create magic inside our tent.”

This year’s performance featured what Rosenthal said was a brand new element that “incorporates lasers, sound, and state of the art 3D imaging to create an immersive experience into the world of Cirque Italia.”

Cirque Italia performed in Tyler in 2015 and Rosenthal said she was excited to come back.

The story began with Ringmaster “Clown Rafinha” fishing when he unexpectedly catches a bottle with a treasure map stuffed inside. His ensuing journey takes the audience through storms on the high seas, dreams of angelic aerialists, pirate fights, and more.

Guests enjoyed watching swashbucklers balancing upside down on a rum barrel, juggling knives, and even one having a run-in with a mermaid.

Manuel Rebecchi, president and owner of Cirque Italia, called the show jaw-dropping and one that keeps guests at the “edge of their seats.”

Rebecchi said Cirque Italia continues to contribute to the modernization of the performing arts and the circus industry by abiding by a strict animal-free policy.

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