Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

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On December 19th we went to Milwaukee’s BMO Harris to see the performance Varekai. I bought the tickets as a Christmas present for my boyfriend because he had mentioned that he always wanted to go to one of thee shows. I purchased some of the best tickets possible because I wanted to make sure we were close to the act, and let’s just say, it was well worth it.

The beginning of the show included an act where two people who are part of the company came into the audience and started messing with the people. Sometimes they would make jokes, or in this case, played with someone’s hair, and we were no exception. It was a great way to get ready for the show where we would laugh and be amazed.

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The story is a play on the Greek myth of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun and then fell. But in this story in stead of drowning in the sea he lands in a forest, which is the setting of the story. The set design was pretty impressive, including the use of lights. But my favorite of all were the costumes! They were so imaginative.

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Of course there were some of the most amazing stunts in the show. Our favorite was when Icarus performs solo in an aerial net. The act shows how much strength the performers have. Also, at the very end of the show, were the Russian swings. The jumps and flips of the men left us speechless.

I would definitely recommend this show if it comes to a city near you.

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