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Great Acts... Ok Show.
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
Member Name: Tangle
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
Advantages: Risley & Russian Swing acts!
Disadvantages: Bit wishy-washy.
Usually I am not a huge fan of Cirque Du Soleil. There shows are full of mediocre performers, the actual shows are too similar to each other and their work ethics are 'interesting' to say the least. That said I got free tickets to see Varekai and I never turn down a free show.
My seats were good seats, in the front stalls, not too far to one side so I had a great view of the stage. It was an interesting stage - I liked the pole at the background.
It started off quite badly. I thought I was in for a long hour and a half. The first clown (if you can call him that) was not funny, was long winded and uninteresting. However things started to improve.
A review of the acts:
Aerial Hoop - was good. She certainly was skilled on it and it was interesting to watch.
Aerial Straps - Was brilliant, the 2 men were very technical yet also mesmorising to watch. Their strength and agility was beautiful.
Clowns - The girl and the guy clowns had me wetting myself with laughter, which was a very nice shock!
'Flight of the Icarus' : webbing: Let's glaze over this? It was quite long and tedious.
Georgian Dance - Interesting, nicely done and not too long.
Handbalancing - Very bendy lady! Nicely performed.
Icarian Games/Risley - Spectacular! So rare to see traditional group circus skills in contemporary circus. They were fantastic! The actual skill level was amazing, it was flawlessly performed and mesmorising. Worth going to see for just this act alone.
Juggling - Again let's glaze over this? Mediocre at best. Simple skills but well executed.
Russian Swing - Pretty much same comment as I put for the Risley. Beautifully done, great ending act. Fantastic skills although perhaps not quite as amazing as the Risley. Still nice to see it performed and had great energy levels.
Triple Trapeze - Was good, well done. I'm not a huge fan of static trapeze but I can appreciate it was a good skill level, and worked well.
Meteors - I don't really agree with children performing in such a huge performance, but personal ethics behind... it was OK. The children dropped a bit, but their acrobatic skills were very high.
As for the Links and the story line, it was mediocre.
For a Cirque Du Soliel show though, definately the best one I have seen. And worth going for the Risley and Russian Swings alone. Perhaps not quite worth the £40 - 60 attached to see it though.
Summary: Some great acts, typical Cirque Du Soleil though