CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – VOLTA has the WOW Affect!
By Felix N. Gonzalez
Walking through Marymoor park while the big top slowly gets larger and larger, music blaring, servers handing out champagne and fruit, and performers riding on unicycles for pictures. As the big top started to open to the snack area queues formed to go inside I got a quick view of the inside. A beautiful lounge with colorful lights, comfy chairs, and a great selection of snacks perfect timing for everyone to order food and have enough time to make it to their seats before the show. Our expectations were very high at this point!
We were not let down! The choice to start the show with such energy and activity was perfect for the rainy day we had here in Redmond. If you’re looking to snap out of the “Weather Blues” this season, look no longer. Just 30 seconds into the show already had me looking to my partner to make sure I was not the only one shocked by this. Flashing lights, tons of energy from Mr.WOW and the acts introduced by him were perfect. My favorite act had to be WAZ. The story behind him is something everyone here can relate to (especially this time of year!) and the performance was great! The sets were beautifully immersive and really surprised the entire crowd. I tried counting the times the lights went completely back and a few seconds later there’s an entirely new scene with different performers with such elaborate costumes and having more fun flipping and dancing than I was watching!
Overall, this show was GREAT! I have not even scratched the surface on the amount of just plain cool and precise jumps, throws, and finesse some of these acrobats have is out of this world.
Everything comes together in that big top to make an atmosphere for fun, excitement, and thrills. The live singing and band will give you chills as it coincides with acts doing there most daring stunts!
If I could sum this show up in one word, it would totally be just WOW.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – VOLTA: SEPT 7 – NOV 4, 2018: UNDER THE BIG TOP KING COUNTY’S MARYMOOR PARK
The show: Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen acrobatics under the Big Top, in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of judgement from others.
The Costumes: The stunning costumes of VOLTA have been designed by Zaldy Goco, famous for his work with Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and for the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race.