Cirque Du Soleil Zarkana: Radio City Music Hall

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The world premiere of Cirque’s latest incarnation unfolded in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall recently, wowing the crowd with a new spin on its acrobatic and aesthetic mastery. Although the story line is sometimes difficult to follow, we really come to Cirque shows to be transported to another world. In their latest production one has no choice but to be completely immersed and swept away.

In Zarkana, we are introduced to a do scruffy Circus Ring leader searching for his long lost love, that much I can tell you. Besides that ,the extremely talented Gymnasts, Aerialists, Sensual Contortionists, Clowns, Dancers and more were perfectly matched to Radio City Music Hall’s massive stage and sound. I hate to use the cliché of “death defying” to describe some of the trapeze acts in this progressive circus setting, but there were moments where the artists brought thrills and my body literally to the edge of my seat. The Clowns though, made several appearances throughout the show, and at one point one is shot in slow motion over the crowd. He eventually ends up on a different planet, where aliens roll out on gyroscopic devices from land and air. In another dazzling moment, visionary projections set the stage as snakes pour out of the theater’s orifices, flames shoot from the stage, a 30 foot tall snake woman sings, and reptilian acrobats fly across the stage- its an epic moment and the show gives up so many more wildly unique scenes.

Zarkana is unlike any of the other previous Cirque Du Soleil Productions. I must admit, I thought I had an impression of what we were going to see before hand but left the theater after what was a 2 hour show absolutely amazed. The show’s outsized production aesthetic in our current world of minimalist staging is refreshing. We weren’t alone in this feeling as when we were leaving everyone was in such good spirits, murmuring what a fantastic show we all were able to witness.

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