Went to see the Cirque de Soleil show Varekai last night. There’s something about the Cirque de Soleil that appeals to everyone, from pig farmer to perfumed preppy. They’re amazing.
Although Varekai wasn’t my favorite of their shows (Mystere still wins out for me), they had two aerial acts that were so magnificent and beautiful that I actually felt that ache in my chest I get before I start to cry. One was the first act with “Icarus” in a sort of chrysalis/net/rope apparatus, and the other was with a pair of scantily black-clad male acrobats doing an Aztec-themed soaring act on a pair of bungee-rope things. Dang, but not knowing the names of the apparatus is really making this awkward to describe. Well, I wouldn’t be able to do it justice anyway.
The only thing that really marred my enjoyment of the show was that our seats were behind this big lighting tower which obscured a portion of the stage, and during the see-saw and contortionist act, the performers were squarely blocked from view for portions of the time.
But it was still an excellent show.