- By Debbie Emery
- Photos Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil
Imagine the grace and breathtaking beauty of Cirque du Soleil combined with the heart-stopping action of the X Games and you get an idea of the exhilarating ride that is VOLTA. Street sports culture and the spirit of adventure fuel the action as acrobats show off mind-blowing skills with BMX bikes, unicycles, trampolines, rings, bungees, and even jump ropes. Believe us when we say these Double Dutch sequences are a world away from schoolyard skipping games! Sure to delight Angelenos of all ages, Cirque du Soleil’s latest production debuts under the Big Top at Dodger Stadium on January 18 and runs through March 8. The show then heads south to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa and will run March 18 through April 19.
Energetic, urban, and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics 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 about finding yourself and unveiling your personal powers. Waz is a gameshow contestant that has lost touch with himself. He’s ashamed of who he is because of his difference. VOLTA follows him as he enters the show in search of fame, thinking that this will bring him love and acceptance from others. What he finds is something else: that fame is not the answer. If fame doesn’t provide freedom and acceptance, then what does? Will Waz reconnect with his true self and stand up for all that makes him truly unique? Will he realize that his difference is what makes him extraordinary? The production features signature Cirque acrobatics and trickery including Acro Lamp, Hand to Hand, Shape Diving, BMX, Flatland & Ballet Duo, Rope Skipping, and Acrobatic Ladder.
When it opened in Washington, DC, in July 2019, VOLTA was described as a “crazy-wondrous delight” and an “unadulterated vicarious liberation.” Critics in Miami guaranteed that guests will “flip out” over the gravity-defying athletics and parkour-style moves. Aside from the physical feats, Cirque du Soleil is world-renowned for the musical scores that transform every show into a deep emotional experience. VOLTA more than lives up to that legacy, seamlessly blending synth-pop and hip-hop with symphonic and orchestral sounds to create a complex array of moods that flow seamlessly with the performances on stage. The score was written by composer Anthony Gonzalez, based on French electronic music band M83. When VOLTA premiered in Montreal three years ago, Director of Creation Jean Guibert said, “We have been following the work of M83 for many years and have always been convinced of the incredible potential of integrating his music to a Cirque du Soleil production.” And writer/director Bastien Alexandra said, “We were seduced by Anthony’s ability to create melodies that are both epic and poetic and transcend the heart and soul. We are honored that he agreed to lend his talent to this project.” Zaldy Goco, famous for his work with Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, designed the costumes. Other production credits include Bruce Rodgers (set design), Martin Labrecque (lighting design), and Julie Perron (choreography).
VOLTA marks Cirque du Soleil’s 41st production and its 18th show presented under the Big Top. Since the Montreal-based entertainment company launched in 1984, its shows have captivated audiences around the world: Zumanity, AXEL, OVO, KÀ, Michael Jackson ONE, The Beatles LOVE, Mystère, O, Crystal, KOOZA, Amaluna, TOTEM, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, LUZIA, Bazzar, Alegría, TOTEM, Amaluna, Saltimbanco, Quidam, La Nouba, Dralion, Varekai, Criss Angel Believe, Viva Elvis, Zarkana, Iris, Toruk – The First Flight, R.U.N, PARAMOUR, NYSA, JOYÀ, Messi 10, Corteo, Drawn to Life … the list is truly mind-boggling. Each new Cirque du Soleil production is guaranteed to be a feast for all the senses. Grab tickets for VOLTA while you can!
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