A few days ago, my daughter and I entered the world of Varekai, as Cirque Du Soleil put on an amazing performance in Fort Worth, Texas.
Varekai was inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus, whose father made him a set of wings, but warned his son not to fly too close to the sun.
Throughout the show, you’ll see over 2,000 colorful costumes — some of which change the shape of the artists’ bodies as they become forest creatures. You’ll hear a unique mix of Hawaiian, French folk and European music as you watch an amazing display of high-level acrobatic performers.
Varekai will end its 15-year multinational run here in North Texas with this series of performances. Since 2002, the show’s been performed 5,000 times and seen worldwide by more than 11 million people. Varekai takes its final bow with seven performances at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena December 13-17 and six performances at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, December 20-23.
Cirque du Soleil has provided unusual artistic entertainment since 1984, when a troupe of performers founded by Gilles Ste-Croix took to the streets of Baie-Saint-Paul, on the shores of the St. Lawrence River near Quebec City. Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (The Stiltwalkers of Baie-Saint-Paul) juggled, danced, breathed fire and played music, to the delight of locals and visitors. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Tickets are available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/varekai and start at $40, with available child ticket prices of $25 on select performances.