When I was in my 20s (as if I can just casually write that!) I lived with a group of amazing girls who loved me so much, that for my birthday they took me to see Cirque du Soleil in Ottawa. Wikipedia leads me to believe it was Saltimbanco, but I don’t remember details (it […]
I promised myself to never apologize for the infrequent posts on this blog. I’m busy. Like you all are. I did, however, find time to get out on a kid-free night, to the new Cirque du Soleil show, Luzia that I mentioned in my last post. It was as amazing as I assumed it would be.
I was there with a musician friend, and we sat beside contest winners Jason and Elise– Jason is also a musician and Elise is a dancer. I best-identify as a yogi/ yoga teacher. We were a group of very inspired artsy kind of people (some of us fartsier than others). The beautiful music is one of the first things I noticed. Much of the time, the live musicians were off stage, but there were quite a few moments when they came up to play. In a culture where I feel like many of us are lip-synching most of the time, it was amazing and even surprising to see this music being played live.
And the colours. As vibrant as the posters promised. True to typical Cirque style, the costumes were phenomenal, albeit in some cases scary and disturbing, especially for those who don’t love cockroaches.
The show was a great mix of acrobatics, juggling, balancing and bending. There were moments when the performers were doing things I felt, as a mom, to be too dangerous. And I couldn’t help but jump or hang on to my seat, or friend, for dear life. And I’m going to admit, the contortionist, while very good at doing his thing, made me feel a little squeamish! But I’ve been taking aerial yoga classes these days and found myself inspired, while watching Luzia, to run away with the circus. Think I’ve got a chance?
I’ve since run into a few friends umming and awing about whether to go or not. If you can make it happen, I suggest you do. Pure magic and delight. I feel like going back a second time!