Cirque du Soleil Varekai
The spectacular blend of street entertainment and circus art led to the development of the Canadian entertainment company, Cirque du Soleil meaning “Circus of the Sun”. Within the course of years, the entertainment company has grown to be the biggest theatrical producer globally. The production company was founded by former street performers Gilles Ste-Croix and Guy Laliberté in 1984. The character driven approach of Cirque du Soleil led to its categorization as the contemporary circus. The shows presented by this production company represent a unique blend of circus styles brought together from different parts of the world. Each of the show has its own unique storyline and centralized theme. Instead of having the stagehands change the props, the shows makes good use of incessant live music and performers. Rapid expansion of Cirque du Soleil was witnessed in the 1990s and 2000s. The exposure of the shows increased from one to nineteen in more than two hundred and seventy one cities. The shows are a source of earning bread and butter for about four thousand people employed from more than forty countries. An audience of over ninety million has been entertained through the Cirque du Soleil's shows all around the world. The company garnered several distinctions and accolades including a ‘Rose d'Or’, three ‘Gemini Awards’, a ‘Bambi Award’, four ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’, a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ and three ‘Drama Desk Awards’.
Featured by Cirque du Soleil, Varekai premiered in 2002. The meaning of Varekai in Romanian is “wherever”. The show centers upon Icarus and the relating Greek myth. The myth says that Icarus was the son of a craftsman named Daedalus. In order to escape from the island Crete, his father builds him wings from wax and feathers. Icarus was told not to fly too close to the sun but he ignored his father’s instructions. As a result when he got close to the sun, the wax on his feathers melted and he fell into the sea and got drowned. The show continues where the myth was left off. The show relives the moments when Icarus was given the instructions and he flew close to the sun anyway. In Varekai, instead of drowning in the sea, Icarus lands in a luxuriant forest that is full of interesting creatures. A unique world exists in this forest, a world where anything is possible. This world is referred to as Varekai. How does the story turn out? Would Icarus be able to survive on his own? Find out by getting Cirque Du Soleil Varekai tickets for the show and visiting Complejo al Rio with your friends and families.
The music in the show is presented by two singers and seven musicians and includes numerous genres. The music compositions are done by Violaine Corradi. She blended the traditional Armenian melodies, eleventh-century French troubadour songs, gospel music and sounds of Hawaiian rituals with contemporary arrangements to create the unique sound of Varekai. The musical track listing for the show includes Rain One, Vocea, Rubeus, Gitans, Lubia Dobarstan, Funambul, Patzivota, Le Rêveur and more. The costume designs used in Varekai were made by Eiko Ishioka. This creative designer has done a spectacular job with the costumes. Eiko designed the costumes in such a manner that intensifies the sense of danger and risk that the artists portray in the play. Eiko drew her inspiration for the costumes from Mother Nature. Her inspirations included land animals, fire, wood, reptiles, wind water, marine life and plant life.
Pat Donnelly, a Gazette theatre critic refers to Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai as ‘ravishing’ in his article in The Gazette. He further defines the acts as “sublime” and explains that some of the moments in the show seemed original. He exclaims that the acts of the show are “full of bravado” that draws attention to the extraordinary prowess of the performers. There are quite a lot of instances that demand appreciation of the work done by the team. Do take out time from your busy schedules to witness these fascinating acts yourself.