I feel fabulous this month. I am thrilled to be able to watch Cirque Du Soleil’s “Saltimbanco”–the much-awaited circus show in Manila. True, I’m not fond of circus shows, but this one’s different. A week ago, my mom and I trooped to the SM Mall of Asia Arena where the live performance was held.
The show lasted for about three hours with a thirty-minute break in the middle of the show. The audience was strictly prohibited to take pictures while the artists were doing their stunts. I guess that’s only natural as they need to keep in mind the safety of the performing artists while they are doing their dangerous acrobatics.
According to the official website of Cirque du Soleil, Saltimbanco is an Italian phrase which literally means “to jump on a bench.”
“[It]… explores the urban experience in all its myriad forms: the people who live there, their idiosyncrasies and likenesses, families and groups, the hustle and bustle of the street and the towering heights of skyscrapers. Between whirlwind and lull, prowess and poetry, Saltimbanco takes spectators on an allegorical and acrobatic journey into the heart of the city.”
True enough, when we watched Saltimbanco, we were treated to spectacular stunts that featured mind-boggling agility and spectacular stunts of the cast of performers. I’ve never been to a circus before. I’ve seen TV shows featuring incredible acrobatics but never did I imagine I would see one live and so near from where I sit.
My favorite act is the multi-colored Chinese poles, the Duo Trapeze, the Bungee acts and the Russian Swing which left me breathless and almost always at the edge of my seat.
And the character I like most, is Eddie, the jester, the funny clown. He invites anyone from the audience to join him on stage and mimic his every move. Plus, the musical background also provided a captivating atmosphere that draws audience to a whimsical world or an imaginary city.
After the show, we went to the lobby to take souvenir photos. There’s also a booth where the organizers sell souvenir programs, and other items like shirts for those interested. The shirts were a bit pricey so I just settled for a copy of the program which was worth P200 only.
After seeing the preview of the King and I at Resorts World, Cirque du Soleil, which had a limited run here in Manila, came next. I feel blessed when activities like this drop on my lap. As I mentioned in my previous blog, (https://strickenwithwanderlust.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/a-date-with-the-king/) I vow to revive my passion for stage plays and live performances, such as this circus play, and whether Filipino or foreign acts. I believe this won’t be the last Cirque du Soleil show I’d see.