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Cirque du Soleil Adds Two Acts to its Walt Disney World Show

January 11, 2016, 3:46 PM · Walt Disney World visitors can see two new acts in the Cirque du Soleil's "La Nouba" show, in Disney Springs. The long-running production has added a new a breakdance trio, as well as an Aerial Bamboo act, to its line-up.

The new B-Boy act features Josh Ortiz ("Incredible Josh"), Jean Carlos Lloret ("Bebo"), and Dmytro Li ("Flying Buddha"), performing routines that straddle the line between dance and acrobatics, with spins, flips and other tricks.

Cirque du Soleil B-Boy act
Photos courtesy Cirque du Soleil

The Aerial Bamboo act features Russian couple Alexander and Ekaterina Abramov, who perform a variety of tricks and stunts while hanging from a pole-shaped apparatus suspended from the ceiling. (The practive originated in China, using bamboo poles — thus the name.) The duo have been performing their act worldwide for 11 years.

Alexander and Ekaterina Abramov

"La Nouba" plays in Cirque du Soleil's theater on the former West Side of the old Downtown Disney district, now named Disney Springs. Tickets start at $59 and are available through Disney World's website.

Have you seen "La Nouba" recently? Share your review of the show with us, in the comments.

Replies (12)

January 11, 2016 at 3:54 PM · I recently saw O' and Michael Jackson One in Las Vegas, however, I have never seen La Nouba. How does it compare to the Vegas shows.
January 11, 2016 at 10:29 PM · While I haven't seen the Michael Jackson show, I have seen Ka, Love, Mystere, O, and Zumanity in Vegas. I've also seen many of the "tent" shows, including Alegria, Dralion, Kurious, Quidam, and Totem. (Bit of a Cirque nut, I guess.)

For me, La Nouba is one of the more easily understood Cirque shows. There aren't many "what the heck is happening" moments. It does help to know that the show is about the clash of two worlds. One is the drab world where everything is gray and ordered. (There are references to Y2K, since the show was developed in the late 90s.) The other world is full of color and joy...hence the title La Nouba, which I was told loosely translates into "live it up".

Although I'm not a fan of clowns, La Nouba does use them arguably better than any other Cirque show. There are plenty of pratfalls that will amuse kids and the young-at-heart. The clown-only segments seem short, which can be a good thing if you're not a fan.

La Nouba's aerial acts are not as extraordinary as O. The stagecraft isn't an impressive, either. But, La Nouba is far, far cheaper.

That said, the finale of La Nouba really is spectacular. It involves gymnasts, trampolines, and moments where the performers appear to defy gravity. It never fails to get the audience cheering.

The La Nouba theatre is very well designed. There are only 8 rows in the first section and 11 rows in the second section. (Compared to Ka in Las Vegas, which has 17 rows in the first section and 13 rows in the second section.) Unlike Cirque's "tent" shows, there are no poles to obstruct the view. When I go, I always opt for Category 2 seats and I've never been disappointed. (There are six seating categories: Golden Circle, Front and Center, Category 1, Category 2, Category 3, and Category 4.) The current discounts have Category 2 seats for $73.49 for ages 10+ and $68.16 for younger kids.

I hope that information helps someone.

January 12, 2016 at 12:42 AM · To be honest, I don't see the point in paying top dollar for a Cirque show at WDW when so much is already included in your theme park tickets anyway. When we go, we barely have time to eat and sleep, let alone take in a hard ticket show.
January 12, 2016 at 4:39 AM · Re: Sylvian.

Some locals will sometimes just visit Disney Springs without visiting the parks since you don't need to pay a hefty admission ticket and the fact that there's no rides or such makes it a better place to just chill and hang out. For tourists, though, i only recommend doing this when you've made sure that you've done everything you wanted to do at the parks.

January 12, 2016 at 8:28 AM · I enjoyed La Nouba a long time ago. I wouldn't go now because the prices are so high. I seen plenty of Cirque shows in Las Vegas and I'm mostly done with them for two reasons: The exorbitant prices and the lackluster acts. Resident shows are just too expensive and don't have enough interesting acrobatic acts. They also have stories that don't make sense because they are too obscure and they use a language that's their own invention. I prefer they stick to English and use any recognizable foreign language if they must.

Fortunately with La Nouba, it is a good show, just too expensive.

January 12, 2016 at 8:45 AM · I've seen this show 5 or 6 times and have to say I prefer the earlier versions. This new show with the bike riders and now the break dancers just doesn't interest me that much and I liked the older parts with the guy stacking the chairs more. I admit to being spoiled as I work in the hospitality industry but this new version of La Nouba just leaves me "meh" For $80 ticket and up, I have better ways to spend my money.
January 12, 2016 at 10:56 AM · I haven't seen La Nouba yet, but I can definitely say that the three B-Boys are top notch dancers/ performers. But I still can't justify watching this show when I'm at WDW as there is so much more to do. I can watch Cirque shows in Las Vegas that have a much more cohesive storyline/ theme.
January 12, 2016 at 12:17 PM · as a (recently) former Cirque employee, I have seen all of the Las Vegas-based shows and I have seen, and worked at, La Nouba in Orlando.

La Nouba has an older Cirque vibe, very similar to Mystere. As previously mentioned in these comments, its very family-friendly and much more accessible in terms of theme. Its not as over-the-top overwhelming in terms of costumes, set design, ect when compared to its Vegas brethren, but then of course you get what you pay for. This show is great entertainment for the price, and a nice break from the retail environment of Disney Springs.

January 13, 2016 at 7:13 AM · "Cirque du Soleil La Nouba" I've seen this show and I must say I completely loved it!
From the 2 funniest clowns I've ever seen to the thrilling trapeze artists, the exciting juggler and amazing Break dancers!
Incredible Josh, Dymitri-Flying Buddha and Bboy Bebo with their amazing acrobatic stunts and spinning on their heads!
Great entertainment show for the whole family to see!
I will be going back to see it again definitely!
January 13, 2016 at 11:41 AM · I wonder if Disney has any thoughts of bringing the Avatar show to Disney Springs. It would help build awareness and familiarity for the IP in preparation of the new land opening next year.
January 13, 2016 at 9:19 PM · @Kris V: Putting Toruk (the Avatar show) into the La Nouba theatre wouldn't be possible. Toruk is designed to be presented in a sports arena. La Nouba is in a theatre that was built for that show, with custom scenery.
January 18, 2016 at 11:09 AM · Everyone should make the time to see La Nouba at least once. I was blown away.

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