Writing about this past weekend’s Perfect Moment is a no-brainer. Cirque Du Soleil is in town with a reboot of their famous show Alegria. My girlfriend and I have had some wonderful dates, but going to see a live performance of anything has not been among them. So, with that in mind, we took in the show.
I’ve known about Cirque Du Soleil for a long time. People from Canada and abroad have raved about the shows, but I have never been. My girlfriend had seen the previous show in Toronto and with her overflowing excitement, we went to this one. I really had no idea what to expect, except that it wouldn’t be the three ring circus of my youth.
It was part rock concert, part circus, part costume, part effects. It was a brilliant blending of everything. Maybe the biggest compliment I can give it is that it is rather unique. It is kind of weird to say, but maybe that is something lacking in life. There are just too many times when I can say, “Been there. Done that. Seen that.” This is not one of those occasions.
After the show, I found out that Alegria is Spanish for happiness. I certainly felt happy while I was there. The glow lasted the entire weekend. Obviously, I think this was a great title.
The venue was down at Ontario place. I haven’t bee there for a while, but I do hope they figure out what to do with that space. Hosting the touring show in the Big Top is great, but it isn’t a long term solution. They’ve got the musical venue, but more could be done with that real estate.
Getting back to the show; It truly was an amazing experience that I will repeat whenever a new show comes to town. The acrobatic feats are amazing, but seeing them live is what really sold me. I was immersed in the action and I want to feel that again.
The music was wonderful and even more impressive that it was live. I wouldn’t have faulted them for just having it play over the speakers. Instead, I could feel the vibration in my bones and it was wonderful. I loved the title song and thought the singers were fantastic. I am quite certain that it was a Perfect date.
I do wonder about people though. I certainly understand taking pictures before the show and wanting to post about one’s exciting life on FB or Instagram, but I wonder why people would rather experience a show behind the screen of their phones when it is happening live in front of them. Maybe that is something I will never figure out.