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People aren’t supposed to bend that way! Oh, but they do, and the Cirque du Soleil‘s performers prove it. They will bend, jump, juggle, roll and fly — among other physiology-defying acts — as they kick off an eight-performance gig tonight at the Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7100). The urban-themed Saltimbanco, one of the longest-running Cirque du Soleil shows, takes its inspiration from city life and the people who live it. “This show is really great for those who haven’t seen a Cirque du Soleil show,” says the group’s head coach of acrobatics, Michael Ocampo. “Even if you are familiar with Cirque du Soleil, everyone leaves with a smile on their faces.” Performances start tonight, at 7:30, and run through Sunday, July 20. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and range from $40 to $90 for adults and $32 to $72 for children ages 2 to 12.

July 16-20, 2008