REVIEW Cirque Du Soleil: Varekai, Genting Arena

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As a child I never visited the circus. I was never left mesmerised by the trapeze artists and the slap-stick humour that leaves your belly-laughing until you can hardly breathe.

Last night I experienced arguably one of the best circus acts of all time – a little biased, I know – as the legendary Cirque Du Soleil rolled into the Genting Arena for the opening night of its latest touring show Varekai.

Varekai, which translates “wherever” in the Romani language, takes you on a journey like no other as you’re sucked into the world of Icarus, who finds himself in an exotic forest filled with magical creatures.

Cirque Du Soleil holds a reputation for delivering the most incredible stage shows, and last night didn’t disappoint. From spectacular costumes to hidden holes and revolving platforms on the stage, the performance was slick and enchanting from beginning to end.

The set was breathtaking; spellbinding lights and visuals combined with stunning live music from the Cirque band and singers Jamieson Lindenburgh and Isabelle Corradi made for an incredible show.

The one thing I didn’t prepare myself for was watching a good percentage of the show on the edge of my seat, my heart pumping from what I finally pinned down to a cocktail of sheer excitement and fear from the exquisite and mesmerising performances displayed by the incredible Cirque crew.

From acrobatics to synchronised tumbling, every move was faultless and stylish. Then again, the cast isn’t exactly in the position to put a foot wrong, the danger and skill that come with a Cirque performance pretty much speaks for itself.

Not even an hour into Varekai the crowd witnessed Fernando Miro from Puerto Rico balance from a net on the back of his neck, and American trapeze artist Kerren McKeeman effortlessly glide across the stage. This, and so much more is why Cirque continue to wow sell-out crowds worldwide. 

Varekai runs at Genting Arena until this Sunday and you’d be a fool to miss it. Get your tickets here!