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Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012) Reviewed By Jay

United States, 13 December 2012

 

Jay´s Review

Talk about Systems Overload. And in 3D!

This G-rated fantasy can save you a fortune in tickets because it has excerpts from five or six spectacular Las Vegas shows, and you know how much THEY cost! Among them we see selections that feature Beatles music, Elvis music, the a water ballet, and some extremely athletic work that looks like it's drawn from a Chinese opera (or at least like the one I saw at the opera house here in Seattle). This show features a flimsy plot built around a sweet attraction between a lovely young French-looking woman (Erica Linz) and a strapping young fellow (Igor Zaripov) who looks Russian.

You can expect:

  • Astonishing aerial work (I expected applause like Seattle's Teatro Zinzanni);
  • Cleverly choreographed synchronized swimming (a salute to Esther Williams);
  • An engaging little tricycle that leads our heroine from place to place;
  • Rubber-boned gymnasts (you have to see them to believe them);
  • Athletic martial arts (Jackie Chan trained in Chinese opera as a child);
  • Gigantic crustaceans and centipedes in a menacing dance;
  • A Spiderman-themed bit on trampolines;
  • Mind-boggling special effects with flowing curtains and streaming sand;
  • A lovely aerial pas de deux for the finale.

This is a visual feast with unbelievable athletes in outrageous costumes showing us their stuff. Not much plot, but we don't go to Cirque du Soleil for plots! We go to be dazzled and we are! This one is almost worth the extra for the 3D.

It's comforting to see all the safety lines for the amazing rigging for these shows. This would mean full employment for every theatrical rigger in Las Vegas. Many of you watch the spectacle; I watch the logistics. Wow!

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