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The internationally renowned Cirque Éloize, which brought to the Center for the Performing Arts the seductive Rain, the amazing iD, and the vibrant Cirkopolis, returns in September 2016 with its latest production, Saloon.

The Center for the Performing Arts is offering the opportunity for investors to support its co-commissioning of Saloon. By becoming an investor, you will provide important support for the creation of Saloon and, in turn, receive exclusive investor benefits.

The Center for the Performing Arts previously co-commissioned the company’s Cirkopolis, which made its Eisenhower debut in September 2013 and went on to win a 2014 Drama Desk Award for best Unique Theatrical Experience in New York City.

Cirkopolis has toured throughout North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. In summer 2016, the company is scheduled to perform the show in eighteen cities in China. A European tour is set for the fall. No matter where Cirkopolis is performed, the Center for the Performing Arts and Penn State are associated with it.

As an investor in Saloon, you can experience the thrill of seeing the success of a new work as it follows in the footsteps of Cirkopolis.


Cirque Éloize fashions an intoxicating mix of theatre, music, acrobatics, and emotion in Saloon, the story of a piano tuner’s adventures in a bar brimming with gold diggers, gamblers, lawmen, snake-oil salesmen, railroad workers, chorus girls, and cowboys. The piano man guides a chaotic, fun-filled journey through a world of comedy, spectacle, dance, and music. Saloon brings the euphoric energy of live country/folk music and comedy to the classic drinking halls of the American West.

The company of fifteen includes ten acrobats and musicians on stage. It’s a dazzling ride, more thrilling than a galloping mustang, and one that culminates in a genuinely breathtaking finale. Saloon offers an authentic, festive, and fun night out on the town for the whole family.


A world leader in contemporary circus arts, Cirque Éloize has been creating performances filled with magic since 1993. Based on the multidisciplinary talents of its artists, Cirque Éloize expresses its innovative nature through theatricality and humanity.

The Montreal company combines circus arts with music, dance, and theatre to fashion groundbreaking, original works. Cirque Éloize has presented almost 4,000 performances in more than three dozen countries.



The Center for the Performing Arts supports the development of new works by innovative arts creators and brings these commissioned works to Penn State for central Pennsylvania audiences to experience. Commissioned works are then perpetually associated with Penn State in performances throughout the world.

Through its commissions, the Center for the Performing Arts becomes a participant in the creation of a performing arts legacy. Now, you have a chance to be a part of that legacy by investing in Cirque Éloize’s newest creation. Become a Saloon investor today!



As you can imagine, commissioning a new work is an extraordinary endeavor, and we want to share that excitement with you.

With a commissioning investment of $250, you will become an investor in Saloon and will receive:

  • commemorative Saloon poster;
  • An invitation for two to an exclusive investor party that is being planned for the evening of Tuesday, September 20;
  • A name listing, as a Saloon investor, in the performance program;
  • Featured recognition in the Center for the Performing Arts 2016–2017 annual report;
  • Recognition of the investor group from the stage at the Saloon performance;
  • Updates, messages, stories, and interviews related to the performance sent directly to your email address.


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