Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque de Soleil - Icarus

Thanks to some of Pamela’s relatives being unable to go to the Cirque du Soleil the other night, we ended up with some free tickets. In the past, we have decided that the Cirque du Soleil was just too expensive. Having seen one, we have changed our mind. We will go and see them when they come back next time.

For those who live on another planet, the Cirque du Soleil is the quintessential modern circus. It has no animals but has the traditional human acts – acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns and so forth.

The clowns, I thank the lord, do not use baggy trousers, oversize shoes or red noses. They are comedians – not of the stand-up type but rather with mostly non-verbal business. One example had the comedian trying to sing while the spotlight kept moving as he tried to keep up with it. It doesn’t sound worth more than a small giggle but I nearly killed myself laughing. You had to be there.

Which is the whole point of a good circus – you have to be there. There is something about a troop of acrobats being propelled off a swing to do a triple somersault with twist and land on the shoulders of two other people which has an immediacy unavailable on film or television. Indeed, you can never be sure on film that anything is real. It surely is as you sit in front of it.

I had a similar sensation at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. I wouldn’t have gone myself but I had recently met Pamela and she already had tickets. It was great. I’d go again although possibly not if I had to travel halfway across the world. Nevertheless, it was vastly superior to watching it on the TV.

Sometimes you have to experience the world directly.

I find that rather comforting.

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