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16 April 2003 @ 07:40 am
Childhood wonder  
I had the opportunity to go to Cirque du Soliel (La Nouba in Orlando) for the first time last Saturday evening.

We entered to find a nifty theatre. Even tho we were up one one of the sides a bit, I don't think there's a bad seat in the house.

The preshow started with a couple of clowns. Enchanting clowns in the European tradition. They were very amusing and really engaged the audience - literally. Sitting in the back of the center section is obviously the way to go - you might get to play with boxes *smile* We were in stitches by the time they started to 'help' the ushers seat people.

Then the show began with a bit of a story in typical Cirque fashion (note to self: time to watch the DVDs again - over and over as usual *grin*). The live singing and music add immeasurably to the show. Lots f color and movement and pretty costumes and a bit of a storyline. Very elegant, very engaging.

So there I sat trying to be all cool and elegant and be charming and such *snort* Then the show picked up with the German Wheels.

I turned into a 12 year old *grin*

Oooohing and aaahhhing and pointing and smiling. Eyes wide open just drinking in the wonder of it all. I'm sure my date thought it was pretty funny, but we ended up snuggled up watching the show anyways.

They were awesome! So much going on at once. I want to learn to do the German Wheel - it looks like so much fun! I could do it - really *nodsnodsnods*

The stage setup and moving parts and the transitions between parts of the show are very smooth and dynamic.

Next came the high wire walker. Not as purely exciting as the rest of the show, but spiffy just the same.

I always think the Balancing on chairs thing is neat, but they did an especially good job of it in this show. Those guys were just great.

There were also the little Chinese gals with the Diabolos string things. I am absolutely amazed at some of the things they could do. And when they all started tossing their spindles up high and doing synchronized tumbling while the spindles were still in the air it was amazing.

One of my favorite acts of the evening was the Aerial Ballet. I was mesmerized as the handsome man literally flew around the stage with the ends of the long red fabric trailing behind and fluttering in the wind as they raised him above the stage. I *want* to be one of those little girls who hangs suspended above the stage on the long red fabric. The intricate ways they wrap themselves up only to fall spinning toward the stage is breathtaking. Even though I knew they wouldn't fall it still got the heart beating a bit faster. And they were so elegant and beautiful. I don't have sufficient words to describe what I saw. I wouldn't mind doing that for the rest of my life *smile*

When I saw the description of the show I thought that the trampoline act would be kinda boring. I mean, just how much do you think someone can do with that? An amazing amount, as it turns out *grin* I must have sat there for the entire 10-15 minutes of that act with my mouth open. It just seemed to get better and more difficult by the minute. Bodies flying everywhere, precision formations on occasion, and some stupendous acrobatic work. Wow!

At the end of the show when the performers came out for their bows the audience was on it's feet shouting in appreciation.

It was magical.

-the redhead-
...who wants to run off and join the circus...
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Liquid Tension Movementperspicuity on April 16th, 2003 11:04 am (UTC)
oh man. i love Cirque. so much. i have almost all the dvds.
will buy the rest soon.

they have come to boston a few times, and it's wonderful. i
did a road trip from palm springs with my dad to las vegas
(just a few scant hours at 95 we're going to be late mph :>)
and saw Mystere. i checked out the chance to see "O" last
visit but they're sold out in december. almost all of it.
i'll have to plan a trip sometime just out of off season, and
explore the show, and do the indoor sky diving again, and they
have a water park where you can SURF apparently. oh my ghod.
paradise. buffets too :)

at the montreal juggling convention, conveniently the home
town for Cirque, they just kinda "drop in" and play with us.
what a wonder that is :> esp getting a private show, by
talent, for talent, and other insights. my my my. swoon.

when i got out of high school, a variant of Brothers circus
clan decended on our town. i saw the shows. i found the
manager and asked him about a summer job/internship. he figured
i was a local kid seeking to run away with the circus. i
figured he would figure, so i conveniently brought some pix
and juggling equipment. it was a wonderful thing to see his
expression change from "polite for the hick kid" to "uhm, this
isn't your typical hick kid" :> long story short (there's more)
i didn't sign up, but got a good weekend out of it.

my college even had a circus arts program. woo hoo. since
then, i've been trying to keep up some of the skills. i'm
better at slackrope than then, and unicycle, and related things.
it's the Cirque chinese acrobats/skills that get me lately.

and that German wheel. i know how you feel. i want.

want it want it want it!

miiiIIIIiiiiine :>
-the redhead-theredhead on April 21st, 2003 07:09 am (UTC)
Oh! I'm impressed *nod*

I want to teach myself poi this summer. It's not nearly a circus type of thing, but I do like fire...

-the redhead-
Liquid Tension Movementperspicuity on April 21st, 2003 09:19 am (UTC)
poi and meteors and club swing are big fun.

there's even enough interest that people have written
some books on the topic, that are easy to get too.

whirr whirr whoosh
-the redhead-theredhead on April 21st, 2003 01:28 pm (UTC)
There's some videos that I am going to buy.

It'll be all fun and games until I whack myself on the top of the head or set myself on fire or something... *grin*

-the redhead-
Liquid Tension Movementperspicuity on April 21st, 2003 02:12 pm (UTC)
it's strongly recommended before you do the fire, to have
your moves down with regular plain boring (soft) poi... make
some. tis easy. people tend to make their own fire ones.
gloves. in case you have to grab (and hold) the fire part). chains - rarely break. don't use rope.

there's some pointers on the jugglers community, but having a
safety person with extinguisher (ask how they know!), safety
glasses and helmet and NON flammable clothing (ask thow they
know!), is a good thing.

hell, use glow sticks at night. not as messy. i believe
there are pix of me on the baitcon site doing that.
-the redhead-theredhead on April 23rd, 2003 07:15 am (UTC)
I don't know which would be more dangerous - me with fire or my roomate with a fire extinguisher *grin*

-the redhead-
Sylver Wolfsylverwolf on April 16th, 2003 05:52 pm (UTC)
I wanna see!!!
::Laughs:: I think I saw some of their performers when I was out in Reno, but I never stopped long to look.
I haven't been to a circus, of any kind, since I was... gods... um... 8?
It sounds absolutely wonderful.
-the redhead-theredhead on April 23rd, 2003 03:07 pm (UTC)
If you have the opportunity it is *well* worth the expense. :)

-the redhead-