Visions of circus performers will dance above heads

‘Twas a few nights before Christmas and all through the Des Moines Civic Center, acrobats where swinging to carols without care. Image courtesy of Cirque Dreams Holidaze

If Broadway and a circus had a baby, it might look a little like Cirque Dreams. The globe-trotting Cirque du Soleil affiliate was founded in 1993 and returns this weekend to the Des Moines Civic Center.

In its “Holidaze” show, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, you can expect to see aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, singers, dancers and other unusually talented performers bring a little circus flair to holiday classics like “Carol of the Bells” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” According to a reviewer for Broadway World, the family-friendly extravaganza lets you “lose yourself for 90 minutes and go back to those wonderful dreams you had as a kid.”

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