Finally, after dreaming of watching a Cirque Du Soleil show live, it has happened. I’ve heard of mixed reviews, some saying it exceeded all their expectations, and others who say they were disappointed because it doesn’t compare to the Cirque shows in Las Vegas. But not having seen any Cirque anywhere, I was barraged with a sensory seduction that is unmatched in recent memory. It was one visionary visual treat after another. I’ve heard comments that it was slow in some parts. I couldn’t disagree more. Even the slower scenes in the show moved me. It was one of the best spent 4,900 pesos I ever paid for.
I know it’s useless to describe the scenes, since it needs to be seen to be understood. But the highlights for me was the opening scene, with the Flight of Icarus, with this acrobat dancing and hanging from a net. It was a knock-out way to start the show. I also loved the Aerial Straps, where two men were flying u to the very rafters held aloft only by straps that they held on to. And the finale, called Russian Swings, where acrobats were flung from large swings which acted like catapults. I guess I liked the flying stunts. But what makes it different from the usual acrobat show is the detail that’s put in the choreography, the music, the costumes, and the gizmos (I especially liked the huge balloon that I christened, “The Floating Testicle” and the weird bicycle thingy ridden by Icarus). It wasn’t just a circus, it was a ballet and an opera as well. Other shows might have more death-defying stunts, but what this show has is HEART. They weren’t just going for the gut, they were aiming for the heart.
Until now I’m still kind of dazed, still in that surreal world of gorgeous aliens and creatures. I know I watched a good show if I can’t shake of the aftertaste. It’s a good kind of hangover. If I could describe the show in one word, I’d say it’s PHANTASMAGASMIC (think phantasmagorical and orgasmic). If you want to be transported into another otherworldly world, and gasp and gawk and laugh and cheer and generally go crazy, I highly recommend that you don’t let Varekai pass. Are the prices steep? Yes. Is the admission price worth it? Absolutely. I got what I paid for, and then some. I wasn’t paid to say this, I actually paid for my tickets, but I highly suggest you catch the show if you still can. Go to http://www.hoopla.ph for tickets. The show will go on until July 24, 2011. I’m pretty sure you can still get tickets. I dare say you do yourself a disservice by not watching, make that experiencing this spectacle. The finale alone is already worth the ticket price. Go watch it, don’t say I didn’t warn you.