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prostrate yourself... before the gods of the new circus, Cirque du Soleil. Last year's show "Saltimbanco" single-handedly revitalized the image of the big top. 1998's new offering, "Alegria", with an international cast of 54 serving up mime, dance, theatre, music and acrobatics promises nothing less spectacular. To Jan 25 Royal Albert Hall, London 0171-582 8212

go walkabout... in the Russian outback. Pentti Sammallahti's photographs of Russia's wide open spaces and their inhabitants find a natural balance to counter the vastness of his subject. To 15 Feb, Side Gallery, 9 Side, Newcastle. 0191-232 2000

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