Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba Adds New Acts at Walt Disney World

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Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs is rolling out new entertainment for 2016.

By David Sibila

The amazing acrobatic displays and colorful characters that have been dazzling guests at Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba since 1998, just got a bit more sensational. Two new acts have been added to the 90-minute show at Disney Springs, giving families seeking fun nightlife and entertainment in Orlando an even bigger reason to ooh and aah in wonder and delight.


The new acts, a Russian Aerial Bamboo performance and a trio of freestyle break dancers, join other recent additions that have been made in an effort to refresh the show while maintaining its original charm. And for this, the original choreographer, music composer and lighting designer returned to seamlessly integrate the new performances.

For the first time in the United States, Russian couple Alexander and Ekaterina Abramov performs their art form originating in China. Aerial Bamboo involves a pole-shaped apparatus, originally made of bamboo, suspended from the ceiling, with attached loops used for a variety of tricks and stunts — requiring unprecedented amounts of trust from the married duo.

The B-Boy trio brings a new level of physically demanding form of dance for the first time to any Cirque du Soliel stage. The break dancers Josh Ortiz ("Incredible Josh"), Jean Carlos Lloret ("Bebo") and Dmytro Li ("Flying Buddha") execute acrobatic tricks and moves, including flips and spins, to music with their own individual styles.

For early arrivers, La Nouba's preshow has also been recently refreshed. In 2014, a new, hilarious clown duo joined the show, and they're both named Pablo. The clown team brings all new laughs and comedy routines beginning 15 minutes before the regular show start time.

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