Imagine – Guy Laliberte and George Harrison performing together on the streets. Apparently, it was Laliberte’s friendship with George Harrison that sowed the seeds for this version of ‘Love’ with acrobats on trampoline creating a far reaching image of the 1960s Liverpool aided by some of the best choreographers and well-designed props, set under some brilliant lighting , in the middle of a 360 degree theater.
Oh..Well..the mention of Love on Valentine’s day is just an unwitting chance and I have been wanting to write about my first Cirque Du Soleil show for four days.
One of those weekends that passed like a blur… An evening flight from Detroit to Vegas on Thursday was not bad because I still had a long night to kill, given the three virtual hours I had gained. And so it all started…The best thing about a short business vacation like this is that you could live a life of your dream for a short time – not long enough to make you forget the real life. So it all started in that spirit.
By the time I boarded my red-eye back on Saturday night – I was partly sunken with the fact that I walked after my second course of a second night of fine dining, just so that I could arrive at the airport on time. But I need to talk about ‘Love’…so this is for another time.
The show was incredible to say the least. To rekindle Beatles’s love for music and a generation’s love for Beatles in front of a newer generation in a totally nontraditional way is something only men with some kind of creative machismo can pull it off. I got introduced to Cirque’s music a couple of years ago and I have been listening to their “sort of new-age music” since then. So finally when it happened – it was a double whammy of sorts. Even though I don’t quite belong to the Beatles generation (what’s wrong in claiming so?), I got besprinkled to Rock’n Roll music through Beatles.
The order in which they performed the songs don’t quite pop out of my memory – but every single song from this unique album was performed in that high performing surround sound environment. And the Beatles were never on stage – only their shadows every now and then. That technique worked well because you don’t want to present an actor to show up as Lennon or McCartney knowing awfully well that the viewer may not connect. As they say, some things are better left to one’s imagination.
“All you need is Love” was the last song performed and it was a perfect way to end the show.
Some other highlights – Ride my car, Blackbird, Gnik Nus, Octupus’s Garden…
So it all ended in that spirit. The ‘Love circus’ did….In the spirit of Love…Imagine that!