Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Varekai - Wherever

"Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world—a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.

From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins.  Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary.  On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered."

We went and saw Cirque du Soleil's Varekai last Friday. This was the first time I had seen a Cirque du Soleil show in person and I was amazed at how easy the performers make the complex and difficult aerobatics look. In fact, I saw only one "mistake" in the entire show and it was very small - GF didn't even catch it. The show itself is interesting and very, very colorful, but a little slow to start (once it gets going though, it keeps going!). And I found it a bit difficult to follow the "story" although it made more sense to me reading about it afterwards (should have done that ahead of time). All in all it was very worthwhile and a wonderful thing to see in person. In fact, the last scene or act or whatever where the team of performers in fire-orange are shoot through the air past each other propelled from those giant see-saw things just left me gaping.

The one thing I'd do differently if I were to go again would be to buy the cheaper tickets. We bought the pricey tickets, but there was virtually no difference in the view, you can see everything from virtually every seat, and they're all good seats.

We will be heading to Las Vegas next month and have decided to take in one of the Cirque du Soleil shows there, probably Zumanity or O. Anyone have a recommendation?



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