Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cirque Dreams - Holidaze

Sunday night we went to the Stranahan to see Cirque Dreams Holidaze.  I was not sure what to expect as I have never been to a Cirque du Soleil show.  This particular show travels the country and as you could have guessed, is holiday themed.  The costumes are very elaborate and wild, like a fusion between Alice in Wonderland, Labyrinth, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and the Wizard of Oz.  It was odd but cool, entertaining and bizarre. 

The show did have an over all holiday theme and there were songs in between the performances.  Performers were flying around the stage on all kinds of contraptions and contorting themselves in ways you didn't think was possible.  Sometimes you could hear the entire crowd gasp in disbelief and discomfort.  These people are just incredible.  The strength and flexibility and balance that is required to accomplish these stunts is just beyond belief.  Even when you see it with your own eyes, you don't really know how it's done.  Well, I didn't.  But I loved it.

Some of my favorite acts were the jump-roping reindeer.  Yeah.  They were crazy.  So crazy.  I was out of breath just observing.  There was this woman that could juggle many large objects...with her feet.  Nuts.  Then another guy dressed as a gingerbread man would juggle another tiny gingerbread man (boy)....with his feet.   Outstanding.  A penguin on a bongo board accomplished some feats that made my stomach turn over in knots I was so nervous.  He got on the bongo board.  Ok.  Then ladder on the bongo board!  The he continued to stack all these circular items onto of the bongo board.  JUST CRAZY.    A tiny little girl could move in ways that astounded us.   Everyone was a little David Bowie-esque - not sure if your a boy or a girl.  The twin girls were really good and the twin boys too.  The final act was beautiful.  This fantastically muscle-ly couple swung around the stage by this beautiful white drape.  It was like they were flying.

It was funny too.

I would go see Cirque du Soleil now - I think I didn't really care about it before, but I am sold.  Really entertaining.




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