Krista McNallyMay 16, 2018, 9:44 pmMay 17, 2018, 1:25 pm

Cirque du Soleil brings Volta’s ‘story of transformation’ to Long Island

A behind-the-scenes look at the unique production

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UNIONDALE — For the first time ever, the Cirque du Soleil's big-top tent was raised on Long Island near the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for its premiere show.

The new production, Volta, is a story of transformation about being true to oneself. The show sets itself apart with electronic music featured for the first time and composed by the French DJ, M83. It has an urban feel with street sports, like rope-skipping and BMX riding.

"It shares a message of self-acceptance. However different or unique you are, it makes you more beautiful and more strong," said Volta publicist Steven Ross.

The cast says the audience will experience the show like never before.

"Normally the set is more upstage so you are not as intimate with the audience. In Volta, the audience is front and center," said artist coach Derrick Aldrich. "It’s long and intense training, and it takes many years of practice."

Cirque du Soleil's newest big-top show, Volta, will be opening Wednesday at 8 p.m.

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