Never heard of Cirque du Soleil before? They are the largest theatrical producer in the world with dancers, gymnasts, singers and actors from all over the world competing to earn that coveted spot on one of their 20 worldwide productions. The hiring process is intense, as I discovered while watching a documentary about the troupe and even after months of training, you might still be rejected. After seeing the show for myself, I can see why the auditions are rigorous.
Each production has a unique story, and Varekai is based on the Greek myth of Icarus. The show reimagined the story behind Icarus after he flew close to the sun and fell from the sky. Rather than drowning, within the production, Icarus falls into the middle of a forest with exotic creatures surrounding him.
I have to admit that at times, it was hard to follow the storyline as I was too in awe of the acrobatic performances but even if you get lost, don’t worry. The set design, music, costumes and acrobatics in front of you are a spectacle which will leaving you in utter amazement.
Each act in turn from the Dance Trapeze to the Aerial Straps were superb but the final act of the Russian Swings was like nothing I have ever witnessed before. My stomach was in constant knots and my mouth cranked open in amazement. It was breathtaking watching performers flip, jump and glide in the air, along with jumping onto each others shoulders and from one swing to another.
Definitely one night I shall never forget.
Have you ever been to a Cirque du Soleil show? If not, you need to make it your mission to watch one of their productions at least once in your life. Varekai did not disappoint, it made me yearn for more.