September 13, 2014 |
Enjoy the beauty of the nomadic spirit through acrobatics, music, and song as Cirque du Soleil's Varekai continues at Wells Fargo Center through Sunday. Embark on the journey with Icarus, who flies too close to the sun and falls to Earth. His fall lands him in Varekai, a beautiful tropical forest inhabited by fantastical creatures. The magical trip to Varekai, which means wherever in the Romani language, is conveyed through song and feats of acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, and trampoline artists.
September 13, 2014 |
'Varekai" may mean wherever in the language of the Hungarian Romani, but the success of Cirque du Soleil's visually enthralling (if not athletically thrilling) show originated in a singular imagination: that of costume designer Eiko Ishioka. More than any other element of Varekai , Ishioka's more than 130 Lycra-based bodysuits create a world of human/plant/animal hybrids that engage the eyes and command attention. Stalks sprout from spines on woodland creatures; tendrils undulate like underwater anemones on the limbs of sea-dwellers; bodies burst with volcanic colors topped with hair that stands straight like obsidian thrust from a mountainside.
July 3, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - The founder of Cirque du Soleil says his tight-knit performance company is "completely devastated" after a veteran acrobat died Saturday in a fall witnessed by the audience. The incident was the first stage casualty in the company's 29-year history, according to Cirque spokesperson Renee-Claude Menard. Coroner's officials said Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, was pronounced dead at a hospital late Saturday night after falling about 50 feet from the show's stage during a production of Ka at the MGM Grand.
June 2, 2013 |
If Darwin could juggle . . . That seems to be the premise behind Cirque du Soleil's show Totem , now playing on the Camden waterfront. I don't know why it's called Totem . The press information said the narrative is about evolution; I actually couldn't find much of a narrative, despite the fact that it was written and directed by the avant-garde French-Canadian actor/director/filmmaker Robert Lepage. But narrative aside, Cirque du Soleil is always fun in a circusy way - trapeze artists, jugglers, acrobats, clowns - and it's great that it's back in the Big Top, the signature blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau, after several years at Temple University's Liacouras Center.
May 29, 2013 |
It all began with a turtle - the origins of life, that is. Or at least that's how the producers of Cirque du Soleil imagine it. Cirque's Totem , which opens on the Camden Waterfront on Thursday, tells the story of humanity's journey from amphibian depths to "its ultimate desire to fly. " There will be plenty of flying, of course, given Cirque du Soleil's brand of gravity–defying theatrics - trapeze artists, aerialists, unicyclists, and, of...
March 16, 2013 |
This week's new DVD releases take you to worlds of fantasy, filmmaking, and furry heroes. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, Grade B : A young woman is pulled into a magical world of acrobats and artists. The film uses a rather standard boy-meets-girl plot to take the audience on a fanciful journey to a land of acrobats and artists who look at gravity as more of a suggestion than a law. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away should be appreciated like an abstract painting. It's beautiful to look at, but it isn't fully appreciated until you add in your own ideas about what all of the images are trying to say. There are positive and negatives of bringing the stage performance to DVD. It opens up the stage show to an audience who may have never had the opportunity, or the finances, to see one of the live shows.
December 21, 2012 |
TATTLE LOVES the Internet as much as the next guy but occasionally it can be misleading. With big news stories, Internet sources are so eager to get stories up quickly, a lot of them turn out to be completely wrong. With the recent Newtown massacre, for instance, we quickly learned that the shooter's mother was a teacher at the school, that his father was killed in New Jersey, that he left his mother's Bushmaster rifle in the car and that his name was Ryan. That's Oh-for-four.
December 21, 2012 |
EVERY ONCE in a while, a 3-D movie includes a sequence that completely validates the technology, and there is one such moment in "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. " It involves a beautiful and extremely flexible brunette, diving from the rim of a gigantic cocktail glass, arching as she hits the water to avoid the bottom, then revolving beneath the surface so that we may examine her artistry from every possible angle. To which one can only add: Make mine a double. "Worlds Away" is the latest visual wonderment from the 3-D Fusion camera systems of James Cameron, by way of "Shrek" director Andrew Adamson and the dozens of dancing daredevils who comprise Cirque du Soleil.
October 8, 2012 |
Rather than wait for the ax, Colorado manager Jim Tracy resigned on Sunday, stepping down after his Rockies set a franchise record for losses. The Rockies said a search for Tracy's replacement would begin right away (the snow comes early in those high peaks), but they have no time frame for making a hire. (Translation: Anybody want this job?) Colorado finished last in the NL West this year while going 64-98. The Rockies went 294-308 under Tracy, who was promoted from bench coach in May 2009, the same year he was voted the NL manager of the year after guiding his team into the playoffs.
September 8, 2012 |
Fact: Children love to run around the house naked. Fact: Theater artists love to run around onstage naked. Despite this obvious creative kinship, parents are probably, understandably, hesitant about exposing their young children to 2012's bumper crop of Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe acts featuring performers in the buff. Not to worry. The curated Live Arts Festival offers plenty of opportunities for budding aesthetes to enjoy edgy new, age-appropriate (most are fine for kids 5 and up)