Cirque du Soleil Varekai has come to Birmingham.
Last night was the big opening night for Cirque du Soleil Varekai at the Genting Arena, Birmingham and it was amazing! I was lucky enough to attend with a friend last night to check out the show and I have to say it was a real spectacular of a show to watch.
Set 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. The show takes you on a magical journey of a young man who falls from the sky into their world. He was like a fallen angel, this scene was one of my favourites as he flew around on just a net. It was so beautifully done. Through the use of live music, spectacular dancing and lots of amazing stunts, we watched in amazement as his story unfolded into a beautiful love story. It was magical.
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 was expecting a very serious show but was pleasantly surprised by the comedy elements that had been included. Every Circus has it's clowns and this one is no different. You won't see funny looking men with big shoes and red noses though, these clowns are a little different and much more modern but just as funny and sure to make you laugh out loud from start to finish. The blend of comedy, music and entertainment is spot on.
The stage is continuously filled with movement and colour. There are moments in the show where so much is happening all around you that you don't quite know where to look but the effects are amazing. The costumes are so bright and colourful and bring every dance to life.
The Acrobatic part of the Circus has always been my favourite part for as long as I can remember so this show was the perfect choice for me as this show is packed full of it.
I didn't take any photographs as there's no flash photography allowed for the safety of the performers who are doing amazing stunts without safety nets or harnesses throughout.
For the whole show, I sat wide eyed and totally smitten. It's a wonderful show suitable for the whole family. It really does have everything. Music, dancing, comedy and stunts.
Cirque du Soleil Varekai is at the Genting Arena for the next few days up until March 5th.
Disclosure: I attended the show complimentary for the purpose of this review.