There is something exciting happening Valentine's weekend in Rio Rancho. It is Cirque du Soleil Varekai. I had the pleasure of getting a behind the scenes tour of the show and actually seeing the production at the Santa Ana Star Center yesterday. It is AMAZING!! The colors, the stunts, the acrobatics. This show has you on the edge of your seat from the beginning until the last minute.
Varekai is a world deep within a forest, an extraordinary world at the summit of a volcano where anything is possible. Varekai follows a man who falls into a magical forest populated by creatures so beautiful you thought you could only imagine them in your dreams. While on his interesting journey, the man rediscovers life. Varekai mean 'wherever' in the Romany language of the gypies. It is said that this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition. But it also pays tribute to the passion of freedom that we all have inside of us, and it shows us that what we are searching for might be right in front of us all along.
This was my first Cirque performance, but it will not be my last. I am already researching which show I will attend while I am in Vegas this May. Watching the acrobats practice is breathtaking. The skills they possess are unimaginable and the way they fly through the air is mind boggling. I could not take my eyes off of them. I was able to get a glimpse into what it actually takes to put a production of this magnitude together. There are so many elements you never even think of. They have a cobbler who travels with them. All she does is repair their shoes, gluing things together and making sure they are perfect for each show. There is also a person who does nothing but steam every single costume. There are details that could never be overlooked, because one little misstep can affect the show, and ultimately the safety of the performers.
The show itself is beyond amazing. The way they fly through the air as if it is as natural as breathing is not only incredible, it is also inspiring. You leave the arena with a sense that anything is possible, all you need is your imagination and you can follow your dreams. My favorite part is the 2 aerial performers that do the entire routine together. These men are incredible. With one arm attached to a rope, they gather all their massive strength and dazzle the audience with skill it must have taken years to perfect. But that is exactly what it is. Pure Perfection.
There is even a little comic relief with a man and a woman who entertain the crowd before the show even begins and appear from time to time to break your trance with laughter.
I would highly recommend getting tickets for Varekai. You can call the Santa Ana Star Center box office at 505-891-7300 or you can go online to santaanastarcenter.com The show runs now through Sunday with 2 shows on Saturday and Sunday.
Happy Valentine's Day. Hugs, Kiki