Cirque du Soleil VOLTA “WOW’S” LA

Attending the Opening Night of the energetic Cirque du Soleil VOLTA, I noticed the traditional blue and yellow striped tent was replaced with a zebra stripe looking white and black tent.

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Guests of all ages received a bright red foam nose, and those 21+ a wrist band to sip flutes of bubbly Nicholas Feuillatte Champagne from France. Nicholas Feuillatte is a Premiere Partner for Cirque du Soleil.

There are multiple photo opportunities outside this one-of-a-kind Big Top show. Celebrities Frankie J. Grande from Rock of Ages Hollywood and Miles Brown from Black-ish walked the red carpet in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium.

The first act as The Wow Game Show contestant is The Otako Double Dutchers. There are 10 performers in white and in gold costumes perform awe-inspiring moves using two long jump ropes. They nimbly jump and move swiftly as colored laser beams add excitement to their act. Mr. Wow and the audience offer a thumbs up.

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Upstairs on the second level is a young boy rockin’ the electric guitar adding to the high energy show.  The next contestant is China Song, performing a string and spool act. The act has the audience clapping with Mr. Wow giving China Song a thumbs up.

From Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nildo spins inside a life size hoop. The choreography is mind boggling, and everyone gives this performer a thumbs up.

Lastly, a Los Angeles native named WAZ, self conscious about the blue feathers on his head, he enters the show in search of fame and acceptance. While thinking that the accolades he receives during his acrobatics and dance moves will bring him love and acceptance from others, he discovers fame is not the answer to happiness.

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WAZ is now the main character throughout the show. We watch how he reflects on the memories of his childhood and reconnects with his true self that makes him unique.

First nine performers dressed in grey costumes hold lit cell phones and crowd around WAZ. They are glued to their technology and are out of sync with their true selves, just like he is in the beginning.

ELA, a beautiful Freespirit on roller-skates, tries to befriend WAZ and the “Grey’s” rousing them out of their doldrums.

As this story continues to unfold, we watch different acts that include a performer who hangs, spins and soars while holding a red lamp shade hanging down from the ceiling.

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One of my favorite acts involved trampolines. A small apartment style set is pushed out to the center with trampolines below. Ten performers hang out of the windows and then jump. They soar up to the rooftop and dive back down. The set rotates so the audience can see both sides. Audience members roar with adoration as the performers do handstands and then dive down and rise up.

An extraordinary female performer (photo above) dances with ease and soars as a cable is attached to her hair lifting her off the stage floor. It looks so painful, yet the crowd went into a frenzy of  applause.

Other female aerialists soar as four Aztec-dressed bare-chested male warriors fly through the air on hanging rings.

The audience holds its breath at times when two performers soar, climb and unite on a long ladder.

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Cirque du Soleil fans clapped throughout the charismatic tumblers act as personable young men dove through hexagon shaped hoops. The adulation they received reminded me of the fans of the mega-popular boy band BTS.

Towards the end, the “Greys” discover freedom and become The Freespirits in a visually striking act. The BMX cycle acrobatic performers soar with choreographed spins and turns that had the audience on the edge of their seats.

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Driven by a stirring melodic score with a full band and two singers, the female singer in a flapper style string dress, also plays a violin that mesmerizes the audience with her melodic sounds.

VOLTA is one of Cirque du Soleil’s finest. The performers infectious adventure and spirit fuels inspiration for WAZ to transform and become his true self. By fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power, he is liberated and free from doubt.

Showtimes are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday they are also offering a 4:30 performance and on Sunday the performances are at 1:30 and 5 p.m. Friday at Tickets start at $42. Click on VOLTA to see availability.

VIP Tickets are available and include the best seats, complimentary parking, small bites and drinks before the show and sweet treats during intermission, VIP Suite, restrooms and special gift.

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA is located at 1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

This review was featured in OnStage Blog.

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