TicketMOMster Review: Cirque Musica @ MTS Centre
Behind the screen, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) played a medley of holiday favourites including “Joy To The World” and “Deck The Halls”.
The screen fell and the host, acrobats and gymnasts took the stage to “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”. It was all very theatrical as they danced around, handing each other presents and placing them under the tree.
The performers cleared the stage leaving one guy who clapped awkwardly to the beat. No one around me could figure it out, so everyone stopped clapping altogether.
While standing on a small table, he stacked cylinders on top of each other and balanced on top. I’m sure it was difficult as the pile looked wobbly, but I wasn’t in awe. Yet.
At one point, a guy stood on the floor and the other did a neck stand (?) on the back of the standing guy’s neck. What? I know. It was crazy cool. The music was perfect as they held all these strong, beautiful poses. The crowd loved it and applauded wildly after their routine was over.
After that, a guy spun around on a large hoop, which reminded me of that apparatus astronauts use for space training. Then a woman was hoisted into the air for her routine on a hoop, while the host sang “O Holy Night”.
I couldn’t figure out the next guy’s trick until they brought out a 6 foot long table. On the table was a large plastic candy cane and a huge silver star. The guy balanced each on his chin. That doesn’t sound impressive, but in true Cirque fashion, it got crazy real quick.
He brought out a 20 foot ladder to put the star on top of the tree and then picked up the Christmas tree and proceeded to balance it on his face. I burst out laughing. That’s something your Uncle Rob threatens to do every Christmas Eve after one too many drinks, but he never actually DOES it. Well, this guy did it.
Then he put the tree down, looked over at the long table and balanced it on his face too! The last prop on stage was the 20 foot ladder. Yes. He did. Holy smokes, that guy would be SO FUN at parties.
Finally, the host sang “Ave Maria” as two women climbed up a rope to a single trapeze where they performed a death defying routine. The audience gasped repeatedly and the woman beside me covered her eyes. They received a big ovation at the end.
After a 20 minute intermission, three women twisted and spun on hoops and a couple of guys twirled two six-foot metal framed cubes at top speed like they were tiny batons. Visually, it was really cool, but I kept watching the orchestra. If I was a violinists sitting at the end of the row closest to the performers, I’d demand more money before the next performance. That’s a work hazard right there…yikes!
A small woman hulla’d more than her body height in hoops as the host sang “Winter Wonderland”, and then three women performed a floor routine similar to the gold guys, but not as impressive.
The last act featured two beefy guys who each held a long, flexible white pole on their shoulders while a woman stood on the pole. They catapulted her 40 feet into the air, she flipped around and landed back on the pole. It was a cross between a trampoline and balance bar routine.
Each flip into the air became more and more difficult. The crowd was amazed and the woman next to me almost had a heart attack.
All the performers came back out and waved at the crowd. The gold guys received the loudest applause, and the show ended.
This wasn’t the best Cirque show I’ve seen; it didn’t feel as grandiose or as polished as other Cirque shows. But it was festive and fun to watch, and I bought this flashy blinky snowman globe for my daughter (https://www.facebook.com/TicketMOMsters/videos/1471244816233879/). She’s going to go nuts tomorrow morning. Can’t wait!
All photos by Anne Martin
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