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Enter the World of Varekai – Cirque du Soleil


Several years ago while on a cruise, my husband and I missed the opportunity to see the show Cirque du Soleil. I’ve regretted it ever since. Finally, I got to enter the world of Cirque du Soleil, as Varekai was presented at the Sacramento SleepTrain auditorium. The show was everything I hoped it would be. Not only were the Characters amazing athletes, but the costumes were delightful and whimsical.  I even enjoyed the storyline infused into the visual feast.

Varekai means “wherever,” and the cast of circus performers succeed in taking you to “wherever” with their amazing choreography and aerial feats.  The extraordinary world of Varekai exists deep within a rain forest, at the foot of a volcano. The audience is transported to an enchanted world where a solitary winged creature has landed, wounded and lost. He’s greeted by fantastical  creatures in a kaliedoscope of color and sound. They’re not quite sure what to do with the winged creature, so he is taunted and taught by the rainforest folk, as he rediscovers his legs and even finds love. The end of the show culminates in a wedding, as we’re treated to an evening of entertainment beyond imagination.

I held my breath several times as I witnessed the athleticism and artistry of the performers. It’s always gratifying to see just what limits the human body can reach when artistry and training are melded together. And, of course, as with many stage performances of yesteryear, Varekai includes a comical couple who represent the court jesters. Their acts seemed out of sync with the rest of the show, but if you are familiar with the role of a jester, it won’t bother you, and Varekai’s jesters are quite funny and entertaining. 

The story of Cirque du Soleil’s – Varekai loosely parallels the Greek mythological story of Icarus, the son of Daedalus. Daedalus has created a set of wings for his son, made of feathers and wax and warned not to fly too close to the sun, or near the water. Icarus ignores his father’s counsel and follows his pride and daring, only to find himself cast wounded to the earth. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Icarus, the theme of the show is easy to follow and enjoy.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai. You won’t be disappointed as you’re transported from our world into the enchanting world of Varekai . Other some mild crude antics of the comedians, Varekai is family friendly. Kids of all ages will be inspired and amazed at the acrobatics.  

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