Broadway Baby! And it took me almost 28 years to get here.
The term broadway comes from the street name in Manhattan, New York where most of the theatres reside. The street was aptly named as it had to be broader for horses and carriages to drive through.
Zarkana is the new production of Cirque du Soleil and anybody has seen any production of Cirque du Soleil would have some idea of what to expect – and then some more.
In short I was at awe throughout the show. The only thing that was disappointing was the fact that the show started at 8 and by 8:30 (disrespectful) people still streamed into the theatre.
For a show that is all and all in French, it kept me enticed for the whole period. The music was good, the singing was very good but the performances by the acrobats were exceptional if not breath-taking.
It started out with a woman juggling balls (at a point I counted 12) with little to no error. That alone could have headlighted the show… and more was to come.
The comic relieve in between acts was provided by to clowns who was only good. A bit predictable and not really gut-wrenching funny.
The acts included a male solo artist that did bends and presses which make yoga instructors look like pie eating contest winners. Aerobatic athletes that did a flawless performance of tumbling that I have not seen before and gymnasts that did flips and presses that is probably of Olympic standards. There was so much happening on stage I did not know on what to concentrate. I was at awe through most of this show.
The thing that impressed me the most was two brothers that ran on a circle contraption of probably 5 meters height without safety nets. One of them almost lost his balance when he tried to do skip rope jumping on the top side of this wheel.
Zarkana was absolutely amazing! To see this performances live was quite an experience.