PRINCETON — Gibson County Fairgrounds hosts Cirque Italia, described as America’s first traveling Water Circus, May 30 through June 2.

According to the company's website, Cirque Italia is an Italian entertainment company that brings a performance of European style under a customized traveling tent.

The show features a custom designed 35,000-gallon water stage that travels from city to city.

The event features aerial acts, contortionists, a laser man, the "wheel of death" and other acts. There are no live animal acts. "Although we may use puppets that look like animals, all of our shows remain strictly animal-free," promoters said in a news release.

An ultra-modern water curtain controls every droplet of water meticulously. Words and patterns can be seen as the water falls to the ‘lagoon’ below, synchronized with the performances.

Entrepreneur Manuel Rebecchi created the circus in 2012, comprised of more than 30 artists who audition from 25 different countries. It travels to about 50 American cities per year, presenting a show described as "more aligned with Broadway than the traditional American circus."

Showtimes under the white and blue "Big Top" tent are at 7:30 p.m. May 30-31; 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. June 1 and 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. June 2.

The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on non-show days, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on show days.

Purchase tickets, which start at $10, through the website ( or by phone: (941) 704-8572.

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