Cirque du Soleil, Varekai, Sheffield, Theatre, totalntertainment

Varekai, another stunning show from Cirque du Soleil

The first UK arena tour of one of Cirque du Soleil’s typical global extravaganzas, Varekai, heads to Sheffield Arena

 

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Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world. A world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.

From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Icarus is the main character of Varekai. He falls to the ground, breaking his legs as he does.

He is suddenly in a strange, new world full of creatures he has never seen before. “Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest. A kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary.

On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.” Assisted by the strange and quirky La Vigie, he works on regaining his strength. Finding his way, his desire being to fly again. While on the ground, he meets The Betrothed, an underground, insect-like creature who he falls in love with. The two have barely met when she is kidnapped. Having already lost his love, Icarus must also find a way to see her again and conquer the obstacles in his path, continuing his quest through Varekai.

The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.