I went to see Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai today at Bonython Park with Terry and Paul. I love their shows as well as their music. My first Cirque du Soleil show was Alegria in 2001 in Singapore – I even watched it twice! After Alegria, I watched Quidam in 2005 – I was already in Adelaide then.
Varekai was a blast – not as dark as Quidam, and as exciting as Alegria. The story has some environmental message in it – life in the jungle around a volcano and the impact of machineries and destruction on it. In some ways the acrobatics and actions in Varekai are quite similar to the ones in Cirque du Soleil’s other shows: elaborate costumes, good music, men with great body strength and agility, elastic and contorted gymnasts, and cheeky ‘clowns’ during the intermezzos. However, there are some new segments in Varekai – such as the swinging machines that appeared towards the end of the show.
We got pretty good seats, just five rows from the front, but the seats were located to the left of the stage, so we didn’t really get the best view of the arrangement. At least I had a good time and a good view of most of the sequences. I only bought the programme this time – usually I would buy the programme book as well as the CD, however I read many comments in amazon.com that mention that the CD actually contains different songs to the ones played during the show.
After the show, because of the rain, we scurried to Paul and Terry’s new blue Volkswagen parked quite a distance away from the Grand Chapiteau. The temporary car park is quite far from the actual circus venue. It was good that I had my brolly with me!
We went to have dinner at Montezuma’s in Melbourne Street, North Adelaide – it was a good meal, especially since Paul had a voucher that made us only pay for $10 each for the meal. A feast indeed!