Sun Stroked – a review of Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away
Summary: A visual feast for the eyes. The production is filled with incredibly artistic acrobatics, dance and magical movement that will keep you riveted to the closing.
I have never had the privilege of seeing Cirque du Soleil perform live. If the shows are this vivid, I shall have to take the time to see one on stage.
This is a love story played out in 3-D, which, as filmed with the aid of James Cameron, who is a true pioneer of live 3-D technology, brings the story to live with incredibly vivid imagery.
The true wonder of the piece though are the performers themselves who twist and contort their forms in ways that one can only dream possible. If you think you know every way the human body can bend, you need to see this film. The contortions are a site all their own to behold.
The story is equal parts vaudeville, burlesque, ballet and modern dance rolled into a pallet of color that lights up the screen. Add to the mix an audio sound track featuring among other audible masterpieces, songs by the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
There is something to thrill everyone in this production. There are fight sequences, perilous death defying stunts, water stunts and an aerial ballet that puts even Olympic performances to shame.
There is one sequence that stands out for me, though. The performer who appears to dance and writhe inside a glass water globe that epitomizes the moon is a particularly compelling performer. He smooth movements and contortions on the screen had me on the edge of my seat.
Even traditional circus attractions like the wheels of death and simple trapeze stunts are incorporated with panache into this tale.
While Les Miserables is a compelling vocal extravaganza for the big screen, this is the visual counterpart. This is a movie that will both mesmerize and tantalize your eyes. The dialogue is minimal and mostly gibberish, but to understand the movie, you don’t need to listen to the words. Let the movement and the sounds create the emotions for you.
Just before the start of the movie, there was a featurette that showed the performers preparing to film the movie. The leading actress, Erica Linz, was featured and she talked about the preparation she underwent to perform the part she plays. It is a vigorous warm up and she displays her lithe and limber form with grace. She makes it seem almost easy.
Do not miss this tale if you have the opportunity to catch it on the big screen. I give Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away 5 out of 5 stars.
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