Cirque du Soleil's Varekai at the Edmonton Rexall Place arena
Thursday, June 18, 2015 to Sunday, June 21, 2015
A review by GRAHAM HICKS
There’s nothing quite like a Cirque du Soleil show.
There really isn’t.
Start with the notion of the old-fashioned circus – a series of animal, acrobatic and clowning acts, usually contracted, without any thematic connection other than the clowns who create the bridges between acts.
Drop the animals, create an overall theme – a story, a narrative, in which each “act” is a component.
Don’t contract circus performers – hire some 50 of the world’s best acrobats, trapeze artists directly, teach them how to act, teach them to be even better at their craft, and put them into one, big unified show.
Don’t stop there. Make sure you have the best lighting and audio systems to be had, light and sound being just as important to the overall show as the people on stage. Ditto for mega set-design, other-w ...
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