Cirque du Soleil announces two new local shows for 2011

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      Cirque du Soleil is known for erecting its giant tent every other summer downtown, but it's just announced a spring show that will take place in a stadium here.

      Quidam will come to Rogers Arena for eight performances from March 9 to 13, 2011.

      Tickets could make good Christmas gifts and go on sale December 6 online or by calling 604-280-4444.

      Quidamwas created as a big-top show and travelled here under the Grand Chapiteau in 2004. Its reincarnation as a stadium show is new.

      Cirque has also announced that its show Dralion will hit the Abbottsford Entertainment and Sports Centre from June 2 to 5.

      Tickets also go on sale December 6, available online or by calling the AESC Box office at 1-866-977-AESC (2372).

      The production, which draws on ancient Chinese circus traditions, has never hit town before.