Had the most awesome 'task' of going along with my most awesome friend Meagan (background story here) to preview and review Cirque du Soleil's latest show last night! Except for the fact that no photography was allowed, it was a most awesome night.
That's right. No photography. My trigger finger was itching to shoot all night! However Meagan will be interviewing the performers at a later date and I will be taking photographs and these I will most definitely share with you.
In the meantime... please watch a preview video here.
MORE PICS AND REVIEW AFTER JUMP!
In most part, it's Cirque du S-Olé! Just so full of life and vibrant colour, so rich with spirit and élan! And ohhhh the superhuman prowess and fearlessness and grace of the performers!!
...but... in some parts it's Cirque du So-lame... brilliant acts let down by lack of continuity and cohesion. There is no place for a second of boredom in a $150 per ticket show.
Unfortunately, that is what I felt -boredom- especially during the 'filler' bits. This is not a new show, 'Saltimbanco' is Cirque du Soleil's oldest, major touring show and the one that remains active in some form. The show is described by Cirque du Soleil as a celebration of life. Its creators say they developed it as "an antidote to the violence and despair prevalent in the 20th century."
I understand that this was once held under a 'Le Grand Chapiteau' (big tent) in a true circus like atmosphere and funnily enough, now that it's being held in an arena... you can actually feel how personal and interactive it should be, as opposed to how impersonal it is currently. As a celebration of life, despite the pomp, colour, noise and activity, it's actually a bit lifeless. In parts.
Look... as far as shows go, any Cirque du Soleil show is right up there with "must remember to breathe" experiences! But far too much time is given to the fringe performers, the characters and if (like me) you don't know much about the underlying story... the characters start to grate! And you just can't afford to have your audience members yawn. Because yawns are contagious...
As Meagan says it's all so dream like and like a dream, there are parts that just don't make sense but the parts that do make sense leave you breathless! 'Saltimbanco' has amazing acts and they do not disappoint. They make you shake your head in wonder, gasp in awe, marvel at the abilities of humans and truly want to celebrate life and all her wonders.
If you can afford to (it's not cheap, hence my insistence that there not be a second of boredom), do go see this circus of the sun with love but do have some patience... like life, there are good bits and not so good bits... but the good bits make it all so worthwhile. Oui?
PS. I did wear shoes.... I just liked the circus (clown) effect of my socks...