Initially, I thought it was going to follow the same formula as all the other Cirque du Soleil shows we’ve seen. You know: weary traveller/interloper stumbles into foreign world of magic and delight and learns he/she isn’t so different after all. Plus silly clowns. Minus animals.
Well, Delirium is different for two reasons:
- The Space
- The Curtains
- The Music
An arena show is much diffferent than a big-top show. Cirque du Soleil decided to do a modified theatre-in-the-round (more like theatre-in-the-opposite-sides) to deal with the size of the venue.
One big, thin stage and huge curtains. Bringing me to point 2:
Huge, gauzy, semi-transparent screens where video was projected. Amazing.
The skill and engineering of these shows never ceases to amaze me. Jenn and I wondered how such disparate parts could be made whole. Imagine the schematics and diagrams needed to choreograph the performers and the multimedia experience. Stunning and stupifying.
Ok, three things. :-)
This show was much less linear (I know. How is that possible) than other shows.
About 1/3 of the way through, they dropped the standard interloper motif and went all-out for the music.
In turn, this show featured much less acrobatics and feats of skill/strenght than you standard Cirque du Soleil show, but it was still a ton of fun.
Honorable mention: The Ticket Prices. Most. Expensive. Show. Ever.
There you go. Cirque du Soleil: Delirium