Cirque du Soleil ~ Varekai

On Saturday afternoon we went to Manchester, more precisely to the Trafford Centre. This would be something that I would normally dread, however, on this occasion we were headed for a massive tent in the middle of one of the Trafford Centres vast car parks, the circus was in town! It wasn’t any old circus either it was the much hyped Cirque du Soleil with their Varekai production .
The reason I say hyped was the simple fact that at £55 a ticket for middle range seats I was expecting a lot! As it happened we were two rows back from the stage with an excellent view, so now the show just had to live up to the hype.. After getting the ticket you can guess it was going to be expensive, be prepared to be shocked, at the price of a coke and popcorn especially at £5.50, an Oasis drink at £4, a Hot Dog at £5, its a great money spinner.
This is the premiss of the show:
“Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world—a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.
From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.
The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.”
I guess if you knew that before you went in it would make a lot of sense, however we just sat and watched the amazing acts, it truly was the best circus in the world! For me, of the 10 acts the highlight had to be the finale of the Russian Swings, fantastic.
I wouldn’t necessarily go back next week but if another production comes to Manchester I’ll be there.

On Saturday afternoon we went to Manchester, more precisely to the Trafford Centre. This would be something that I would normally dread, however, on this occasion we were headed for a massive tent in the middle of one of the Trafford Centres vast car parks, the circus was in town! It wasn’t any old circus either it was the much hyped Cirque du Soleil with their Varekai production .
The reason I say hyped was the simple fact that at £55 a ticket for middle range seats I was expecting a lot! As it happened we were two rows back from the stage with an excellent view, so now the show just had to live up to the hype.. After getting the ticket you can guess it was going to be expensive, be prepared to be shocked, at the price of a coke and popcorn especially at £5.50, an Oasis drink at £4, a Hot Dog at £5, its a great money spinner.
This is the premiss of the show:
“Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world—a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.
From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.
The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.”
I guess if you knew that before you went in it would make a lot of sense, however we just sat and watched the amazing acts, it truly was the best circus in the world! For me, of the 10 acts the highlight had to be the finale of the Russian Swings, fantastic.
I wouldn’t necessarily go back next week but if another production comes to Manchester I’ll be there.

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