Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world - a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.
From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.
The word Varekai means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.
Suspended high above the stage or flying through the air on her hoop, a young woman performs a series of movements displaying her flexibility and strength.
Two flyers suspended by wrist straps glide gracefully above the stage, performing original acrobatic figures in a synchronized display of precision and power. With a double strap, the two artists meld midair, becoming one in a series of striking acrobatic silhouettes.
No circus show would be complete without clowns! Joanna and Steven amuse the audience with an act that’s simply absurd.
With agility, deftness and sensitivity, a young man performs astounding dives and contortions in the net that holds him captive.
This act takes its inspiration from a long tradition of resistance in the Republic of Georgia, where inhabitants took to battle with numerous invaders over the centuries. The movements of the dancers recall the Georgians’ struggles against powers that sought to dominate their land. Endurance, precision and more than a hint of frenzy mark this act.
Grace, strength and flexibility are astonished, as a young woman balances on a series of strategically placed canes. Poised now on her feet, now on her hands, she contorts herself on her canes, maintaining a delicate equilibrium.
The Icarian Games, an ancient discipline of the circus arts rarely seen in today’s contemporary circus culture, returns to centre stage. Steeped in tradition, this act is generally presented by members of the same family. In tribute to this custom, the Icarians along with other acrobats synthesize in this spectacular display of human juggling. The human body becomes catapult and catcher in an elaborate, explosive and highly choreographed presentation of strength, balance and agility.
A juggling virtuoso, Octavio Alegria manipulates bowling pins, soccer balls, hats and ping-pong balls with his hands, feet, head and even his mouth.
Breathtaking! Propelled by two Russian swings, acrobats are hurled high into the air, alighting on their partners’ crossed wrists or on a landing canvas. In feats of outstanding audacity, the acrobats even soar from one moving swing to the other!
Darting and intertwining on a specially designed sliding surface, the artists fling and catch each other, creating an illusion of skating.
Like a jointed puppet, a performer on canes teeters in a stirring dance.