Saturday, January 28, 2006


Ugh...I slept 10 hours last night, but at least I didn't have one of those trying-to-wake-up-but-unable-to-move dreams.

OK, OK, the bit you have all been waiting for. Miss S and I went to Cirque du Soleil's production of Alegria last night! (Which in Spanish means happiness, I think.)

And indeed, much of the psuedo-language had a Spanish flavour to it, but the songs were real, in Spanish, Italian and French. That's the amazing thing about Cirque - they don't actually speak a real language but pepper their sounds with real words and essentially you understand what they are saying.

The clown sequences in Alegria were the funniest I've seen yet. They were hilarious, and yet, true to the spirit of the original clown, there were some sad moments. At one point, it snowed paper strips and then a powerful fan blew it all over the audience. Paper was everywhere, in our clothes and hair!

These are the kinds of shows you watch, eyes shining with delight, mouth agape with awe, gasping with astonishment along with the rest of the audience. The enticing tunes entwined themselves around the pounding drums, very addictive.

In the middle, for a moment I could not believe I was actually there, watching human bodies toying with the laws of physics. There are things they do that you almost think impossible.

The costumes and characters are so quirky, as only the French (even the Quebecois) can do. The sounds, sights, and entire experience make for a truly surreal experience.

If you ever get the opportunity to see Cirque, do go! It will be expensive, but something you will remember for the rest of your life as being totally worth every penny.

Here is a link to a detailed guide to the productions of Cirque du Soleil.


M. said...

Glad you had a good time! Once I actually live in a place of civilization again I'd have a better chance of catching Cirque.


Jia Li said...

sounds like u had fun!

Steliano Ponticos said...

Olive circus is even better than theatre. Its le spectacle ultime. Have you ever seen the russian national circus, btw.

Prerona said...

sounds good - i will look out for it. and those dreams - i have them all the time - they are SO nasty! i thought i was the only one who always had them!

Olivia said...

Mers - what do you consider a place of proper civilization?

Steli - I agree - it is better than theatre. It is spectacular theatrical circus. Musicals are also better than theatre.
I do want to see the Russian National Circus. Maybe they were in London before but if they come back I want to go.

Prerona - they leave London in February, but they come back every January.
I get those nasty dreams once a month.

DareDevil said...


Rebecca said...

Yay, glad you enjoyed it. I know: I was laughing at clowns, it was great!!

My favourite acrobatic stunt was the one... I just realised I don't know what they're called in English... towards the end where two guys held poles on their shoulders and the acrobats did stunts on them...

M. said...

I meant a place with a diversity of cultures and things to do (not just people drinking themselves silly) and I can actually get to them by public transportation!


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