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It seems like ever since we moved here, but probably not, around this time of year, large, pointy white tents sprout up right off our 85 freewy at the Taylor Street Bridge singnaling the yearly arrival of the circus!!!
The tents as seen from ground level.

Terrific advertising because every year at least once during a drive-by, David has said, 'Ya know, we should do that some day'. And every year I conveniently forget because I'm imagining major traffic problems getting out, if not in, and I don't want to deal. But this year, feeling benevolent, I gather-up the required information, and after asking for and recieving my fam's go-ahead, I bought tickets for Cirque du Soleil's Luzia.
          And am I glad I did!! Below a pic of the gift store with happy souvenir-shoppers.

Of the show itself, it is a joyful celebration of Mexico. I compelled myself not to live through the camera. I did take a couple though :) Gotta prove I was there, am I right? Below, as the tent fills up,

The narrative, of a hard-luck guy who finds his way, takes place at a beach resort in 1930s Mexico with a muscle man, a juggler, a contortionist, bathing beauties, and tropical 'birds', all underscored by gorgeous music, and much dancing and singing.


Monarch butterfly, who migrate from Canada to Mexico yearly, with silver horse. Two 'animals' were used, this silver horse and a lioness.
This tubular structure, raised and lowered from the ring in the ceiling, changed the shape and feel of the stage throughout the show. This lowered red version is intermission.

In one the lioness is seen, made to move by a man, and in the other, the acrobatist is skimming the pond. It was so hard to take photos because everything is moving constantly including the lighting. And because I kept getting so enthralled, I'd forget :)
So, these photos below are NOT mine. I snagged them from google images.

The waterfall which, not unreasonable, fills the acrobatist's pond above.
          A really nice of of the lovely acrobatist.

And one final photo, also with waterfall because I loved the waterfall and I'm so glad others were able to get a decent photo of it. The two women spun and spun in their hoops making something you know is very difficult look so fluid and beautiful.

Attend if you can especially if you, like us, had never seen a Cirque du Soleil production before.

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I've watched Cirque du Soleil on television (I'd get sensory overload going to a live show), they're pretty good. I like any circus that doesn't use animals. :)

I can imagine the sensory overload. The little kid sitting next to me was, at most really dramatic points, jittery and jumpy with excitement and always rivited on the stage. Must have been pretty tiring for all the kids :) Other than Barnum and Baily, which has now shut down, I don't know of any other circus that tours the US. Have you others there?

I'm glad B&B shut down because of their use (and apparently also mistreatment) of animals. We have a circus called "Krone" that tours Germany, that's the only name that comes to mind. More and more cities and states in Germany are forbidding the use of animals in circuses and there's a lot of pressure on the government to outlaw it completely, so I think the heyday of circuses is over here. One that doesn't use animals and is just as spectacular as Cirque de Soleil (albeit without a lot of the glitz and glamour) is called "Flic Flac". I did go to one of their shows because a friend of mine then worked on the set/stage/whatever it's called, and it was just fantastic. But yeah, sensory overload sucks and is very stressful; it took me about a week to decompress from that. Glad I got to see it, though. :)

I watched a couple of youtube vid trailers for Flic Flac and it does look quite a bit like Cirque, a bit grittier but the talents in one would work well in the other. Except maybe the motorcycle guys!! And I totally agree, animals have no place in circuses and I'm glad that the time when that was normal is ending.

I was never interested in Cirque du Soleil, because I never understood what it was growing up. Then my parents came into some tickets and took me once when I was in grad school. It was fantastic! And no animals to feel guilty about. I can't remember which performance it was I saw, but I would love to see another one someday. So pricey, though!

It is pricey but we only do two or three of these 'events' a year so, is okay. I'm glad that once you actually saw one of their shows, you enjoyed it. And yeah, cool not to have animals to worry about :)

Gayle, please put a collapse on your long, long, long posts. It means I can't see many on my friends list at a time. It takes up too much room.

M Lyn

I'm sorry but I don't understand what you mean :( People on my friends list post much longer posts than this one. Honestly! I'll try and be more aware of how many pics I include but I don't care for Callapse and use it very little. I'll be more aware.

I received only four people's friend's posts yesterday because of the length of the posts and pictures posted in four posts only.

M Lyn

This is why I didn't understand, on my friends page I can go back and back and back for days and weeks and even years. Down at the bottom of the friends page, I just click Previous 10 Entries and and so on. Do me a favor and go to your friends page and tell me if you see this.

If you do, click Previous 10 (or whatever number) Entries and see if it doesn't take you back to older entries.

Let me know.

No, I don't have that at all. I used to but don't know how to get it back and see more. So if people post long entries, it limits me terribly in what I can read.

M Lyn

I hope you won't mind but I went to your friends page and I now can see what your situation is. For whatever reason, you only get one friends page while with my journal, I get page after page after page. I checked out some other friends pages and they are like mine so, it must be because of your settings. So, in the future, I will put more behind a cut. But not all!! :)

How do I go about getting a different setting? do you have any idea? so I have more pages?

Let me check it out. I'll send you an email so we don't have to keep coming t this post :)

Wow, that is impressive! I have heard about Cirque du Soleil but never been in one.. will definitely go if they are anywhere near me! Thank you for the beautiful pictures!

You are more than welcome and I hope you get a chance to go :)

Cirque really is an experience. We've seen several of the shows (Dralion was my favorite) and all of them are breathtaking. I'm glad you had a good time! :D

Oh to have seen several :) And breathtaking is the perfect word.

It really is. We have a friend who was a technical consultant for their various 'tents' and we wanted to see the shows because of that. haven't been to one in years, though.

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Was brillant. I hope 'one of these days' is soon :)

I loved the pics. It sounds like an amazing experience. I took my son and his partner a few years ago in Sydney and we were totally blown away. We had great seats and I remember being so amazed by their range of movement and them taking everything beyond human limits. I understand what film102 means about putting your posts under an LJ cut. You click on the scissors, highlight what you want to condense, a window comes up then you type whatever you want and it goes under a cut.

This looks great, more like ballet than classic circus.

It really kind of was, more, in our minds European than classic American like Barnum & Baily which is no longer. This type is the future.

I was so lucky to be able to see a live performance of Cirque du Soleil when it came to our town and have never forgotten the experience, even though it was a very long time ago. I can't even remember the date or the name of the performance, but it was one of the most enchanting experiences of my life. You are so lucky to get to see them live too. Congrats. Warm hugs, Grammy

We said the same thing as we were leaving, how we'd just experienced something, and positive at that, that we'd never forget. I'm glad your experience proves the point :)

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