“Alegría is a mood, a state of mind. The themes of the show, whose name means “jubilation” in Spanish, are many. Power and the handing down of power over time, the evolution from ancient monarchies to modern democracies, old age, youth—it is against this backdrop that the characters of Alegría play out their lives. Kings’ fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children make up its universe, along with the clowns, who alone are able to resist the passing of time and the social transformations that accompany it.” -via Cirque du Soleil
What’s in a name? Everything! Alegría is appropriately named because of the fact that the show is mostly comical. There are many clown gags throughout the show and they are very entertaining as well as imaginative, which gives the audience a sense of wonderment that only Cirque du Soleil can bring. If you love comedy, you’ll love Alegría!
The show has an intimate feel to it because it only uses half of the space in the arena; there are hardly any “bad seats” as a result. Although the show was incomplete (some of the acts were missing performers), it was still quite enjoyable. Of course, a circus isn’t a circus without a few death-defying feats and Alegría has some good ones!
The Swinging Trapeze was a delight to watch. Although it was just one trapeze artist instead of two, it was great to see a performer with such poise and professionalism as this talented Aerialist was. He looked happy to be performing and the crowd felt that energy, making it difficult NOT to enjoy watching his fluidity in motion.
The Russian Bar is an act that always astounds me no matter what circus I see and these guys definitely deliver! Their death-defying feats will amaze you as each flyer plummets into the air from a single, double or triple bar that are only two to six inches in width. Impressive and beautiful, they too show the crowd how much fun their having.
The Flying Man was also impressive to watch because this act combines the elasticity of a bungee with the beauty and strength of straps. He shows incredible skill and agility while making it look fun and graceful.
The Arial High Bar act consists of 3 high bars set more than 40 feet above the stage flying to 2 catchers suspended by their knees on a cradle swing. There was a total of 8 gymnasts, flying from one high bar to another, and catching with precision & grace. The act ends with impressive dismounts into a net that doesn’t bounce.
All in all, Alegría was a beautiful show that leaves you wanting more. Their U.S. tour is almost over so, be sure to catch one of their shows:
Raleigh, NC USA Opens on July 06, 2011
Florence, SC USA Opens on July 13, 2011
Sunrise, FL USA Opens on July 20, 2011
Charlotte, NC USA Opens on August 03, 2011
Estero, FL USA Opens on August 10, 2011
If you’re in Europe, you’re in luck! Alegria hits Germany first and continues through Austria, Spain, Portugal, France, the U.K. and Ireland.