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Cirque Italia opens today next to Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry

Circus fans in the Tampa Bay area have an embarrassment of riches to enjoy in November and December.

Cirque du Soleil is returning with Kooza, opening Nov. 8 in St. Petersburg, but the first aerial artists, contortionists, hand balancers, clowns and other circus acts in the area this month will be with a newcomer to the field, Cirque Italia. From tonight through Dec. 2, it will be performing Act XII — so named because this is the first year of the show — under the big top on property adjacent to the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.

"Cirque Italia is not your average, traditional circus," according to its website. "(Owner Manuel Rebecchi's) vision is to present something new and fresh, with an exceptionally modern theme that has never been seen before — a sort of Soleil meets Age of Aquarius! The show Act XII is unique for its movable water stage that will allure audiences through colorful dancing fountains."

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. $25-$40 for adults, $10-$35 for children 2 to 12. (813) 987-6000; mosi.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

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