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Thursday, January 25, 2001

A young boy journeys through the stages of
life with clownlike figures as his tour guides
in Cirque du Soleil's "Journey of Man."

Cirque du Soleil
at center ring
on IMAX screen

Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian circus bent on world domination, is moving out of center ring to the big, big screen. The troupe's IMAX debut "Journey of Man" begins at the IMAX Waikiki Theatre tomorrow.

The 3-D film -- Polarizing glasses provided by the theater make the giant images really leap off the screen -- is shot at natural and historical landmarks around the world, using all the fancy acts and trippy costumes that Cirque has built its reputation on.

These include Bungee People, a "Cube Man," acrobats called "Banquine" and "Statue Act," "Palmiers" in puffy pants, as well as husband-and-wife "Flounes," clownlike guides who accompany a fellow as he watches the various acts and ages before our eyes.

The idea is that the various circus acts mirror the stages of human development from birth to maturity.

Highlights include taiko drummers pounding away in the womb, Cube Man symbolizing adolescence, aerialists and acrobats filling the complicated blanks of adulthood, and so on, with clowns, underwater ballet and acrobatic feats that have mainland critics bug-eyed.

The film was shot in a variety of interesting locations, from carefully groomed gardens to wild deserts, and some special effects were added to spice things up and improve the 3-D aspects.

The first of four viewings per day is at 11 a.m. Tickets are $9.75 for 12 and older, $8.75 for 62 and older, $8 for ages 2-11, $8.75 for military with valid ID. For more information, call 923-4629.

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