May 14, 2016 |
As the traditional circus changes with the times, the list of entertainment that brands itself as such has grown beyond Barnum & Bailey (although, we've got that, too). It's a season filled with acrobats, aerialists, and jugglers. Philadelphia looks even more like a three-ring circus than it usually does. Cirque du Soleil's OVO The Franco-Canadian import Cirque du Soleil has changed the energy of the circus art form with subtle touches when it comes to slapstick clowning, hand-to-hand balancing acts, choreographed movement, and athletic, jazzy aerial work.
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.
September 12, 2014 |
REST EASY, Cirque du Soleil fans. "Varekai" hasn't just survived its move down South Broad Street from that intimate tented production (at Washington Avenue) to the Wells Fargo Center. In some regards, the returning and revised version of this otherwordly circus spectacle plays even better at our South Philly arena, seeming more coherent and grandly theatrical than distant memories recall of "Varekai's" debut here a dozen years ago. This performance-art adventure is loosely based on the legend of Icarus.
March 14, 2014 |
Here's what Cirque-Éloize's Cirkopolis is not: it is not a Ringling Brothers three-ringer with animals. It is not a Cirque du Soleil clown-led marathon fantasia. It is not a stripped-down 7 Fingers celebration of muscle and raw magnetism. It is instead a crisp 90-minute high-concept theater-dance performance punctuated by circus acrobatics, featuring some very cool video, and backed by Stéfan Boucher's eclectic original music, which alternately evokes pop, swing, and alt-rock.
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 14, 2013 |
BEEN THINKING about treating your kids to Cirque du Soleil? To this seasoned Cirque-goer, the new adventure dubbed "Totem" is the most family-friendly of the tent spectacles brought here by the performance-art-minded, French-Canadian nouveau-circus stagers. For starters, the mostly mimed (or exotically mumbled/sung) themes are less obtuse and pretentious, more earthbound and accessible - be it the comic portrayal of the evolution of monkey to man, or the celebration of Native American music and dance.
June 3, 2013 |
The shrieks and laughter from children flying high above the ground on tall swings lit up Maria Aguilar's face Saturday as she walked into the carnival at the Haddon Farmer's Market on Mount Ephraim Avenue in Camden. Aguilar, arriving with her husband and three young children, had never seen anything like it in the city since moving there 10 years ago from her native Mexico. That's because there hasn't been a carnival with a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and bumper cars in Camden in nearly two decades, said Keith Ludwick, who contracted for the show to come to the market in Fairview from Wednesday through Sunday.
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 31, 2013
THE BIG "first" for the local run of Cirque du Soleil's "Totem," which opened yesterday and runs through June 30, is that it is housed in a specially erected tent on the Camden waterfront. Heretofore, whenever the celebrated Montreal-based company has presented its groundbreaking blend of you-gotta-see-'em-to-believe-'em specialty acts (aerialists, acrobats, contortionists etc.) and psychedelic staging in this area, it has always been on the west side of the Delaware River. But "Totem" boasts another "first.