WATCH ABOVE: Lorraine Mansbridge goes behind the scenes at Rexall Place to show how the cast and crew of Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai are getting ready.
EDMONTON – Cirque du Soleil is bringing another gravity-defying show to Edmonton for seven performances this summer. Varekai is coming to Rexall Place from Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 21, 2015.
Northlands explains that Varekai (pronounced ver·ay·’kie) means ‘wherever’ in the Romany languages of the gypsies. It also says the production “pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai.”
The story follows Icarus, a solitary young man who goes on an adventure through a magical forest full of fantastical creatures.
“There is no show more awe-inspiring than a Cirque du Soleil performance and Northlands is proud to be the destination for excitement for your family and friends this spring,” said Tim Reid, president and CEO of Northlands.
Cirque Club members can purchase advance tickets until January 29. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday, January 30, 2015. Ticket prices should range from $40 – $105.
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Edmonton has hosted several Cirque shows in the past, most recently in May 2013 when the theatre company brought its big top tent and show “Amaluna” to Northlands.
The world-famous, Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil is not your typical big top spectacle. With dozens of shows around the world, it has become an international sensation. But becoming a performer in a Cirque du Soleil production is no small feat. Thousands try out every year hoping they will make the cut – but only a select few ever do. For a look inside the rigorous process of trying to get in, check out the 16×9 special feature, “Getting into Cirque”.
WATCH: 16×9 followed Cirque Du Soleil scouts as they scoured the world, searching for the best of the best.
Editor’s Note: This story was first published in January, and updated on June 18 with video of Lorraine Mansbridge’s behind-the-scenes tour.