Monday, December 31, 2012

Cirque du Soleil: World's Away 3D

Or should it be "World's Apart"?  
That would be an initial reaction

Dexter Floats Worlds Away
     Every Cirque show starts as a journey and the movie version is no exception.  Acrobat Erica Linz (an amazing aerialist with no acting future) visits a local carnival and becomes spellbound by the show's star trapeze performer, Igor Zaripov.  From there, the fantasy begins taking her
through every Las Vegas Cirque show from the past and 

present.  Beginning with their definitive show O may have been the worst starting point for the movie as it is so visually stimulating and overwhelming.  We felt the same way when we saw it live.  It's an exceptionally long sequence and frankly, I became a little bored and lost.  The fire drenched clown is even more frightening when viewed up close.  It takes off after that with simpler and more elegant scenes (yet still incredible acts) from Ka, Love, Zumanity, Viva Elvis, and Mystere.  The 
closing segment unites the two young aerialists for a finale that is pure Cirque magic.

      We were hoping to rekindle some memories from the eight live Cirque shows we have seen over the past 12 years starting with La Nouba at Downtown Disney in Orlando.  The danger and thrill of a live performance is inevitably impossible to achieve and even the magic of 3D could not elevate this interpretation.  That said, if you are among those that have never experienced Cirque du Soleil, then by all means allow this to be an introduction.  Just let it be that and see a live version the next time it returns to your area.

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