Thursday, July 16, 2015

7/16/15: Varekai by Cirque du Soleil Show in Boston MA

I have been to many Cirque du Soleil shows and I always love them due to the variety of performers and sheer talent they possess.  Last night we had the fortune of attending Varekai by Cirque du Soleil at the Agganis Arena in Boston and it did not disappoint.  This show has been touring since 2002 and has wowed almost 10 million people worldwide.
A little bit of background about the show:
Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world where something else is possible.  A world called Varekai.  The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins.  Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary.  On this day at the edge of time, in this place of pure and undiluted possibility, begins an inspired incantation to a life rediscovered and to a newly found wonder in the mysteries of the world and the mind.  The word Varekai (pronounced ver·ay·’kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies—the universal wanderers.
Varekai features an international cast of 50 performers and musicians from 19 different countries. The show is here until July 19th so you still have time to get tickets.
Flight of Icarus is something I had not seen before.  The strength that this performer had to perform tricks on a net was amazing.
Remaining Show Photos Credit: John Davis Costumes: Eiko Ishioka ©2010 Cirque du Soleil
The trapeze work always amazes me.  This Trapeze artist is Kerren McKeeman and she is from New Hampshire.
I must admit though my FAVORITE act was the baton twirler!  If you have read my blog you know that my daughter is a baton twirler and I am a former baton twirler.  In fact my daughter just won her baton twirling solo at the Bay State Games.  Unfortunately yesterday she was extremely tired from a full day Dance Convention that was on day 2 so she couldn't come to the show with us.  When I saw the twirler I felt bad she couldn't make it as she would have loved it.  This is Arisa Tanaka from Japan and I looked her up and she is an amazing twirler.  Her speed of twirling was extremely impressive in addition to her handling and elbow roll work.

 Hand balancing is also very impressive.  The amount of strength these performers have is amazing.

There was a cool Slippery Surface act also where they performed on a sliding surface.
Another act I had never seen was a performance on what looked like crutches.  Again the strength of his performance was unbelievable and so unique.
The Aerial Strap performance was really cool.
The clowns in Cirque du Soleil are always unique.  It is not the typical clown you would expect.  These two were pretty amusing.  There was one particular act with a spotlight moving and the clown chasing it around that was particularly amusing.  My son got a big kick out of it.
The Georgian Dancers were also something I had not seen before.  Their speed was amazing!
Such cool performances all around.
Russian swings are an awesome act and it closed out the show with some real excitement.
 The music was also beautiful and they had some wonderful singers.
Here is a preview of the show:
Guaranteed the whole family will love this show!
 Make sure to go see it when it comes to your town.  Check out the full schedule here:
Disclosure: I was provided with four tickets to the show for review purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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