Jim and I went to see Cirque du Soleil last night; it was our third time, and as always: amazing. This show is called Corteo, and like all their shows there is a loose "story" that gives structure to the acts. This one was charming. It was a clown imagining his own joyous and opulent funeral procession of all his circus friends and old lovers. The whole thing was presided over by drifting angels, and such dreamlike things would happen, like a Pierrot clown going slowly past on a tightrope -- upside-down or the old clown riding a bicycle through the air, or a bed floating past. At one point it rained feathers. . . and then, a little later, naturally it rained. . . plucked chickens!!.
And of course it's not all just gorgeous costumes and theatrics and music. It's really all about the acrobats. WOW. Thanks to youtube, I can show you some hightlights:
This one, was such a delight. Not acrobatics so much as one of the dreamy fantasy sequences. It was just one of the sweetest, funnest looking things I've ever seen. Don't you want one of these balloon harnesses?
And here's one that gives a whole new meaning to "swinging from the chandelier". So beautiful! And I'm sure the men in the audience didn't mind seeing gorgeous acrobat babes in negligees!
There was a bed-bouncing routine that was amazing too, but the youtube videos are all a little long and manic, and don't really convey how amazing it was. And the aerial "throwing" act. . . WOW. You can glimpse a little of it all in this awesome 34-second montage:
Looking at the cast list, almost all the names are Slavic. The first Cirque show we ever saw was Drallion, which featured many Chinese performers. I guess China and Russia have the world beat when it comes to acrobats. Imagine being a circus acrobat! What a strange and dizzying life that would be. If you get a chance to see the show, see it, even if it is dang expensive.