Z is for Zarkana, Cirque du Soleil
To celebrate the end of the A to Z Blog Challenge, I plan to see Zarkana!
Zarkana, “a fantastically twisted acrobatic extravaganza,” will begin its second season in New York City at the Radio City Music Hall on June 6, 2012. It is an “operatic rock opera that blends circus acts with the surreal.”
Zark has lost his true love along with his magical powers. He wants to regain both. Through chaos and craziness, Zark struggles to find his love, and when he does, Joy-filled festivities break out. Incredibly choreographed, the story unfolds through gravity-defying acrobatics, flying trapeze acts, gymnastics stunts, and elaborate dance.
See the video clip at the end of this post to catch a glimpse of the special effects in this magical kaleidoscope of lights, sounds, colors, (outlandish) costumes, and actions.
Many words have been used to capture the essence of Zarkana (and other Cirque du Soleil performances): extravagant, surreal, mesmerizing, extraordinary, spectacular, flamboyant, fantastic, but none of these words adequately describes these truly indescribable events. One simply has to experience one of these shows to understand why describing it is so difficult. So much occurs on stage at all times that your head will swivel throughout the performance.
The stage set for Zarkana has a reported weight of 800,000 pounds. With a working budget of $50 million, the show must fill 6,000 seats a night. But don’t worry, Cirque du Soleil has sold 100 million tickets since its opening in 1984.
I saw my first Cirque du Soleil performance, La Nouba, in Orlando. It was so incredible, I had to see it again.
Other Cirque du Soleil shows can be seen in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and in Canada and Europe. If you have a chance, go see a Cirque performance. Take your children, too. They will love it.