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The Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will present African Cirque troupe and America’s Got Talent finalist Cirque Zuma Zuma Sept. 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free for all UNL students and can be reserved through the Lied Center's Arts for All program via UNL Marketplace. Any remaining tickets can be picked up by UNL students on either performance night. A limited number of tickets will also be available for purchase to the general public at $26 for adults and $13 for students/youth. Visit LiedCenter.org for more information.

Cirque Zuma Zuma features disciplined performers who are trained in Kenya and Tanzania. Many describe it as an African-style Cirque du Soleil; such is the standard of the performers and the quality of the show. The performance showcases an array of never before seen talents mixed with some of the best skills associated with African variety arts. Cirque Zuma Zuma combines the mysticism of Africa with the excitement of a theatrical performance. With live music and percussionists, the talented cast performs an action-packed show of pole and aerial acts, Egyptian limbo dances, South African gumboot dances, Gabonese tumbling and South African contortionists feats which will keep the audience breathless.

Cirque Zuma Zuma was selected to part of the Lied Center’s second annual “Big Red Lied Experience,” which aims to provide at least one professional arts performance at the Lied as part of the UNL college experience. This year’s performance follows the enormous success of the event’s inaugural performance in September 2014 featuring alternative rock band OK Go.

“Because of the Big Red Lied Experience and programs like Arts for All, the Lied Center is one of the most student-attended performing arts centers in the nation," said Bill Stephan, executive director of the Lied Center. “The Lied Center has led the way nationally, designing ways for students to see world-class performances at affordable prices while also providing transformative engagement opportunities with Lied artists.”

Tickets to Cirque Zuma Zuma’s performances on Sept. 3-4 and all Arts for All tickets are available to students now. Free Arts for All tickets are available to students paying the Fund A Activity fee. Annually, UNL students can get free tickets to many of the Lied's top performances through the Arts for All program. The majority of free tickets are released on the first day of classes in the fall and spring. Additional tickets are often released throughout the semester as they become available. For more information visit UNL Marketplace online.

Those interested in bringing a student group to Cirque Zuma Zuma’s performances should email lieda4a@gmail.com for more information. UNL student groups will enjoy reserved seats at the front of the Lied hall.