I had seen Cirque Du Soleil on television before and always thought they were fabulous. When I was asked if I would like to go and see Cirque Du Soleil Varekai Tales of The Forest at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham I was very excited! I had an idea of what to expect after seeing them on screen but I had no idea how amazing it would be in ‘real life’.
Cirque Du Soleil transported us to the depths of the forest and to the bottom of the ocean in this outstanding show. The costumes were fantastic and they really helped to set the scene!
The performance is based on the legend of Icarus. In an attempt to escape, his father makes wings for himself and his son. He warns his son not to fly too low as the sea will get his wings wet or too high as the sun will melt them. He ignores his father and flys too close to the sun. The wax on his wings melts and he is thrown into the ocean.
The story starts with Icarus losing his wings and getting caught in a net. He is thrown through the air as he performs an amazing routine. At one point he soared through the air with only his neck in contact with the net!
Throughout the show we were wowed with incredible performances, including unbelievable baton twirling, an amazing ariel strap display and a trapeze routine that left the audience in awe.
The grand finale was out of this world! Using Russian Swings, acrobats were thrown through the air! They somersaulted into peoples arms, leapt into backdrops and even flew between the two swings. As several men propelled through the air at once I held my breath and wondered where on earth they were going to land!
This amazing show has to be seen to be believed! It is showing in Nottingham until Saturday and in Glasgow next week. I highly recommend going to see it if you get the chance!
Disclaimer: We were given complimentary tickets to the show in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.