Cirque du Soleil Volta Experience!
By Robert Bernstein
Cirque du Soleil is a synthesis of circus, ballet, comedy and something indescribably unique. If you have seen Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, you have experienced the pinnacle of their artistry on stages that are reputed to be the most expensive stage sets in history.
But Cirque du Soleil also performs in traveling shows. Over Christmas break, we attended such a traveling show on the grounds of AT&T Park in San Francisco. It is called "Volta".
Here are my photos!
As we waited for the show, we browsed their gift store, but we did not find anything that really grabbed us. They had a colorful shirt that is my style, but it was made of polyester which does not work for me!
But the story goes on with a message of growth and acceptance. WAZ becomes proud of his colorful head. And the Gray Phone Zombies learn to give up their phone addiction. They shed their gray, drab outfits and discover a colorful, joyful, active world that awaits them!
What impressed me was how challenging their stunts were. And how they performed each stunt so perfectly. As you may know, I do some circus arts, including some unicycling and juggling. In general, the most amazing juggling is rarely seen in the circus or on any stage. It is rare to see large numbers of objects juggled on stage. First, because few people appreciate how many objects is a lot to juggle! (Five is already a lot. Anything more than five is very extraordinary.)
But the main problem with doing challenging stunts is that it is hard to do them perfectly each time. And the audience gets upset if a stunt is not perfect. These BMX bikers were perfect.
This traveling show "Volta" continues to play in San Francisco through February 3. It plays in San Jose February 13 to March 24. Then it plays in San Diego April 3 to April 28