The Bottom Line
- Incredible performances
- Visually exciting, never dull
- Almost all seats are good seats
- Expensive tickets
- Need more ladies' restrooms
- Children will certainly enjoy the show, but this is not a circus in any typical sense of the word.
- Did they change the seats? There still are no armrests, but the seats have some cushions now.
- The man behind me said it all as he was leaving. He said, "That was the best show I've ever seen!"
Guide Review - Cirque du Soleil's Varekai
Varekai (pronounced ver-ay'-kie) is the latest live Cirque du Soleil touring production. The word Varekai means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies--the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.
This is only the second time I have seen Cirque du Soleil in person, the first time having been last year. I am still amazed at the complexity and difficulty of the acrobatics performed. Every once in a while, a performer will not complete a move or stumble, and it awakens the audience to how difficult all the acts are. By the way--performers will try a failed move one more time. Even that is amazing, since the live orchestra and the other performers on stage must adapt to the program change when that occurs.
This year the Grand Chapiteau was erected in Scottsdale's Westworld, which I believe is more suited than Tempe Diablo Stadium was. The Scottsdale crowd will probably have no problem paying for tickets that range from $50 to $190 for adults.
Varekai will be in Scottsdale through May 23, 2004. Don't miss it!