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Varekai is a Cirque du Soleil touring production that premiered in Montreal in 2002. Its title means "wherever" in the Romany language, and the show is an "acrobatic tribute to the nomadic soul". The plot is based loosely on the Greek myth of Icarus. Cirque du Soleil (French for Circus of the Sun) is an entertainment empire based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and founded in Quebec in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (salvation through harmony) Coordinates: Country Canada Province Quebec Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Romany (or Romani) relates to: The Roma: a people sometimes pejoratively called Gypsies. Their language Romany was the pseudonym of a broadcaster and writer of Roma descent, George Bramwell Evens. ... Greek mythology comprises the collected legends of Greek gods and goddesses and ancient heroes and heroines, originally created and spread within an oral-poetic tradition. ... Icarus and Daedalus by Frederic Leighton In Greek mythology, Icarus (Latin, Greek – Íkaros, Etruscan – Vicare, German – Ikarus) was son of Daedalus, famous for his death by falling into the sea when he flew too close to the sun, melting the wax holding his artificial wings together. ...


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The experiences of the initial cast during the creation of the show were portrayed in the Emmy Award-winning series, Fire Within (featured on the Bravo Network). An Emmy Award. ... This article is about the U.S. cable network. ...


Varekai completed its first North American tour in 2006; its last stop was in Vancouver, Canada from June 22 to July 23. It debuted in Australia in August and arrived in New Zealand in early 2007. It is to visit remaining Australian cities throughout that year and in 2008 Varekai is supposed to premiere in Europe for its first European Tour. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini era. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Creators

  • Guy Laliberté - Guide
  • Dominic Champagne - Creator and Director
  • Andrew Watson - Director of Creation
  • Stéphane Roy - Set Designer
  • Eiko Ishioka - Costume Designer
  • Violaine Corradi - Musical Director and Composer

Guy Laliberté (born September 2, 1959 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) is the founder and chief executive officer of Cirque du Soleil. ... Stéphane Roy is an electroacoustic music composer born July 2, 1959 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada, and currently living in Greenfield Park, Québec, Canada. ... Eiko Ishioka (born July 12, 1939, Tokyo) is an Oscar-winning costume designer, known for her work in stage, screen, advertising, and print media. ...

Characters

After a tragic fall, Icarus lands in the midst of the strange forest. He is greeted by a family of survivors. With agility, deftness and sensitivity, like an angel, he rises once again towards the sky. Through this elevation of the spirit, he celebrates the beginning of his rebirth.
Strange, veiled creature, metamorphosis incarnate, betrothed to Icarus, she plays the game of seduction and expresses the joy of freedom. Balancing on a series of canes, she is stunning in her grace, strength and flexibility.
Guide to Icarus throughout his odyssey in the strange forest, he is in turn the spectre of the injured angel, the provocative sorcerer, the tamer of shadows, the guardian of fire, and the Vigie's accomplice in the young man's rebirth.
  • The Limping Angel
A lame lover, sad and forlorn, the Limping Angel teeters on round-tipped crutches in a stirring, spasmodic dance, inspiring the young man to surpass himself and take flight. This character preforms the solo on crutches act.
  • The Skywatcher (La Vigie)
Mad scientist and gifted inventor, the Vigie is the man of calls, the announcer of trials, the hunter of sounds and the tamer of the clouds. From him, the young man learns to survive the fury of the volcanoes and the joy of new love.

Icarus and Daedalus by Frederic Leighton In Greek mythology, Icarus (Latin, Greek – Íkaros, Etruscan – Vicare, German – Ikarus) was son of Daedalus, famous for his death by falling into the sea when he flew too close to the sun, melting the wax holding his artificial wings together. ... Betrothal is a formal state of engagement to be married. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Acts

  • Sound Machine
The Skywatcher entertains the audience and his fellow creatures with his invention, the "Sound Machine", and basically acts like a fool, ad-libbing to various sounds.
  • Opening
After the Skywatcher and the Guide find it safe to come out of hiding, all the creatures run out in celebration, singing, dancing, and performing small acrobatic stunts with each other.
  • Flight of Icarus -- Watch the act
With agility, deftness and sensitivity, the performer, playing the part of Icarus, performs astounding dives and contortions in the net that holds him captive.
  • Icarian Games -- Watch the act
Rarely seen in circus shows today, foot-juggling is one of the oldest circus arts disciplines. The principle is simple: the bearer lies on his back and twirls the voltigeur on his feet. Foot-juggling acrobats often come from the same family. This wild family of Icarian brothers plays with the desire to take flight, the courage of audacity and the joy of brotherhood.
  • Water Meteors -- Watch the act
High above their heads, three young acrobats whirl ropes with metal meteors attached to the ends. Handling their ropes with rare agility, they perform impressive acrobatic figures at the same time. Once again, they are an incantation to surpassing one’s limits and to the human yearning to escape the Earth’s pull and rise into the air towards the sublime.
The two clowns try to perform magic but mess everything up. An unsuspecting audience member is recruited to help.
  • Cloud Act
The Skywatcher pulls a cloud along by a rope while Icarus and the Betrothed get closer.
From their trapeze on high, four young women perform a series of striking acrobatic moves, displaying grace, sensuality and impeccable timing. For Icarus, this is the test of desire, between the temptation and the arrogance of beauty.
  • Georgian Dance -- Watch the act
This act takes its inspiration from a long tradition of resistance in the Republic of Georgia, whose inhabitants have had to battle numerous invaders over the centuries. The movements of the dancers recall the Georgians’ struggles against neighbouring powers that sought to dominate their land. Endurance, precision and more than a hint of frenzy mark this act. The Masters of the Volcano call Icarus to rage and to rebellion. This is the test of Fire.
  • Man Cycle
The Skywatcher walks around with two huge wheels on each side, teasing the Guide and Icarus.
  • Body Skating/Slippery Surface -- Watch the act
Rebirth is nigh for the young man who has landed in the middle of the desolate forest. For the duration of a zany baptism, the hostile forest becomes as colourful as tropical seas. Darting and intertwining on a specially designed sliding surface, the artists fling and catch each other, creating an illusion of skating.
One clown tries to sing to the audience while chasing the spotlight which travels everywhere, from various places on the stage to sections of the audience.
Like a jointed puppet, a performer on canes teeters in a stirring dance.
  • Aerial Straps -- Watch the act
Castor and Pollux, twin brothers and shadows of the sky, circle in their perfect symbiosis around Icarus to invite him into the mysteries of encounters and wrenching goodbyes, departures and homecomings, attraction and repulsion. Suspended by wrist straps, they glide gracefully above the stage, performing original acrobatic figures.
A juggling virtuoso, he handles the fruits of the forest to celebrate their rebirth with strength, rage and exuberance! Pins, balls, hats and ping-pong balls are manipulated with hands, his feet, his head and even his mouth. Nothing is too much for him!
  • Lightbulb Act
When the Guide's lightbulb dies, he calls for the Skywatcher to fix it. But the Skywatcher finds this entertaining and acts the silly man he is, which drives the Guide literally insane.
The performer's grace, strength and flexibility are astonishing, as she balances on a series of strategically placed canes. Poised now on her feet, now on her hands, she contorts herself on her canes, maintaining a delicate equilibrium.
  • Russian Swings -- Watch the act
Propelled by two Russian swings, acrobats are hurled high into the air, like the fires of an erupting volcano, alighting on their partners' wrists or on a landing canvas. In feats of outstanding audacity, the acrobats even soar from one moving swing to the other!
  • Closing
All the performers come out without their headgear and bow to the audience

In Rotation A clown participating in a Memorial Day parade A clown today is one of various types of comedic performers, on stage, television, in the circus and rodeo. ... A Triple Trapeze is a static (still) trapeze with three trapezes on one bar. ... Motto: (Georgian) Strength is in Unity Anthem: (Freedom) Capital (and largest city)  Tbilisi Official languages Georgian (also Abkhaz within the Abkhazian Autonomous Republic) Government Unitary republic  - President Mikheil Saakashvili  - Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli Consolidation    - Establishment of first Georgian Kingdoms of Colchis and Iberia c. ... A clown participating in a Memorial Day parade A clown today is one of various types of comedic performers, on stage, television, in the circus and rodeo. ... Crutches are stick-like medical tools that a patient will use as a way of walking in the event that their own leg/s may be injured or unable to support weight. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A capoeirista performs a handstand with legs bent. ...

Suspended high above the stage or flying through the air on her hoop, a young woman performs a series of movements displaying her flexibility and strength.

Past Acts Aerial Hoop (also known as Circeaux and Lyra), is a circular steel apparatus (much like a suspended hula-hoop), is a popular aerial art. ...

Two lovers dance and perform acrobatic stunts, showing their love, trust, and respect for each other.

Pas de deux is also a dressage preformance using two horses. ...

Music and Musicians

All music is played live by seven musicians and two singers. Composed by Violaine Corradi and directed by the bandleader/keyboard player, the music has many different tastes. Some songs are quiet and sorrowful while others are more upbeat and exciting. Every song matches the mood of the act and the mood the performer/creature is portraying. In a way, the music makes up most of the soul of the act.


Instruments used in the show are two sets of keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, violin, and various wind instruments. There are numerous music solos, with the violin, flute, and accordion among the instruments heard. When those occur, the musician comes into view, still hidden in the trees but slightly visible to the audience. An electronic keyboard is a keyboard instrument which uses electricity to produce or amplify its sound. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... A wind instrument consists of a tube containing a column of air which is set into vibration by the player blowing into (or over) a mouthpiece set into the end of the tube. ...


There are two distinctively different voices in the show. The primary voice is a male singer called the Patriarch. He is dressed in a dark purple outfit and sings to all but two acts. He is able to tap into the feeling of the act and portray the feeling with his facial expressions and arm and hand movements. He always shows himself except during the two acts where he doesn't sing. He appears to watch over the other singer, almost like a father figure, and occasionally interacts with the wind instrument musician whenever the musician has a solo. His range is from high tenor to bass, almost sounding mechanical. For other senses, see Patriarch (disambiguation). ... In music, a tenor is a male singer with a high voice. ... A bass (or basso in Italian) is a male singer who sings in the deepest vocal range of the human voice. ...


The other voice is a young female singer called the Muse. Her outfit is that of a light purple flower. She is amazed by everything she sees but is normally shy and hides among the trees, almost unseen. She has two solos, where she shows herself to her fellow creatures and the audience. For seven other acts, she either blends with the Patriarch or sings a small part of the song. During these acts, she is either next to him or hiding among the trees. For the remaining acts, she remains out of sight. Her range is from low alto to high soprano. In Greek mythology, the Muses (Greek , Mousai: perhaps from the Proto-Indo-European root *men- think[1]) are a number of goddesses or spirits who embody the arts and inspire the creation process with their graces through remembered and improvised song and stage, writing, traditional music and dance. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Look up soprano in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


During the Triple Trapeze act, there is a third voice, blending with the Patriarch. The voice belongs to the wind instrument musician, hidden in the trees behind the Patriarch.


Soundtrack

There are currently three versions of the Varekai soundtrack available: a 2003 version, a 2004 version, and an Exclusive Premium Edition (only available on the Cirque du Soleil website). The 2003 and 2004 versions are very similar, with the 2004 version having three more tracks. The Exclusive Premium Edition comes with a bonus CD and DVD, containing 6 live tracks, two remixes, and 2 video remixes.


Below are the tracks, in order as they appear on the Exclusive Premium Edition. Listed after each track title is the performance associated with the track.

  1. Aureus (interlude between acts)
  2. Rain One (before Russian Swings)
  3. Le Rêveur (Solo on Crutches)
  4. Vocea (Flight of Icarus)
  5. Moon Light (Handbalancing on Canes)
  6. Rubeus (interlude between acts)
  7. Patzivota (Wedding and setup for Russian Swings)
  8. El Péndulo (Aerial Straps) -- Listen to Song
  9. Gitans (Opening)
  10. Kèro Hiréyo (Triple Trapeze)
  11. Infinitus (interlude between acts)
  12. Lubia Dobarstan (Water Meteors)
  13. Emballa (Juggling)
  14. Oscillum (Russian Swings)
  15. Funambul (Cloud Act)
  16. Resolution (not in show)

Below are the live tracks, in order as they appear on the Exclusive Premium Edition bonus CD. Listed after each track title is the performance associated with the track.


You can listen to samples of the songs at the Cirque du Soleil website. The samples for Aureus and Rubeus are the same due to a mix-up.

  1. Célébration de l'Errance (Overture)
  2. Trasparenza (Acrobatic Pas de Deux)
  3. Euphoria (Icarian Games)
  4. Sun Drum Fun (Body Skating)
  5. Mutationis (Handbalancing on Canes)
  6. Movimento (Georgian Dance)

The two tracks that were remixed for the bonus CD were El Péndulo and Emballa.


The two video remixes feature scenes from the video recording of Varekai. The songs being played during the videos are Rubeus and Moon Light.


External links

  • Official site
  • Oceania touring information
  • Varekai Official Soundtrack


Cirque du Soleil Troupes

Alegría • Corteo • Dralion • KÀ • KOOZA • La Nouba • Love • Mystère • O • Quidam • Saltimbanco • Varekai • Zumanity Cirque du Soleil (French for Circus of the Sun) is an entertainment empire based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and founded in Quebec in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier. ... Alegría DVD finale (Sydney 2001). ... Corteo Corteo (pronounced []) is a Cirque du Soleil touring production that premiered in North America in 2005. ... A photo from a Vienna Dralion show. ... A billboard for KÀ at the MGM Grand Las Vegas KÀ is a show by Cirque du Soleil at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... KOOZA Cirque du Soleils newest touring production (premiered April 19, 2007). ... La Nouba is a Cirque du Soleil show, which, like most Cirque du Soleil shows, is a circus-like performance featuring acrobats, gymnasts, and other skilled performers. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Mystère is a Cirque du Soleil show in permanent residence at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. ... Album art for official O soundtrack O is a Cirque du Soleil show. ... // Quidam (pronunced key-DAHM, meaning a certain one/thing or anonymous passerby in Classical Latin) is the ninth show produced and performed by Cirque du Soleil. ... Saltimbanco, was the oldest major touring show of Cirque du Soleil at the time of its last performance, having run from 1992-2006. ... Zumanity is a cabaret-style show from Cirque du Soleil that is resident at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino on Las Vegas Blvd. ...


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