Wonderful new world of Cirque du Soleil

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Cirque du Soleil has announced its first-ever UK arena tour for 2017 when it will perform its signature production, Varekai.

The critically-acclaimed show, updated and featuring new acts yet to be seen in the UK will visit Leeds First Direct Arena from February 22 to 26.

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world – a world where everything is possible. A world called Varekai.

Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary.

The word Varekai (pronounced ver·ay·’kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies - the universal wanderers. Directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those whose infinite passion carries them along the path that leads to Varekai.

Tickets go on sale today at www.cirquedusoleil.com and at www.livenation.co.uk. They cost£45 (+ booking fee).