ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Executing precise moves from dizzying heights all without a net, but who needs a net when you can do the moves with your eyes closed. That’s how much practice performers with the Varekai by Cirque Du Soleil show have put into their craft. The popular show returns to New Mexico with a five day run through Sunday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
“Before it’s actually put into the show, the artist will train it over and over again with the lange which is the safety belt and make sure that they can nail that jump each and every single time with their eyes closed before it’s actually put on stage and before the net is removed,” says Vanessa Napoli, publicist with Varekai by Cirque Du Soleil.
The entire show is not only a sight for the eyes, but it’s staggering numbers for the mind as well. The entire set arrives in about 18 full semi loads. From there it takes about 16 hours to assemble inside the venue. There are over 20 traveling technicians with the show and an additional 80 local workers help assemble everything. There are also 330 poles towards the back of the stage which make up the forest.
“Varekai talks about basically the story of Icarus,” adds Napoli. “It’s inspired from that time back to Greek mythology. Icarus flew too close to the sun and landed in this beautiful enchanted forest in Verakai and begins his new journey of rebirth, rediscovery.”
It’s that rediscovery that organizers and everyone involved in the show hope audiences will notice with it’s latest tour through New Mexico.
“Bringing Varekai by Cirque Du Soleil back is something really special for us you know,” says Kellan Seitz with the Santa Ana Star Center. “Like it hasn’t been back in a little over a year, Cirque in general, bringing Varekai, the show back is something very special to have back for the community.”
Within the show, there are 11 different acts with 50 different features of performers from 19 different nationalities. Aside from the incredible visuals is the underlying story for audiences to enjoy as well.
“Verakai talks about struggle,” says Napoli. “About how to pick yourself up after a fall about how to adapt to a new environment. About how to get used to a new setting, about new people and this is Icarus’ journey to rediscover himself and part of that is falling in love.”
For more information on show times of the Verakai by Cirque Du Soleil show, you can find them at the Santa Ana Star Center website.