Since photography was not permitted during the show, all photos shown in this review were provided by Cirque Du Soleil.
Cirque Du Soleil. Up until a month ago, I had only heard the term, but didn't really know what it meant. Since I live near Disney, I knew it was a show, but I had no idea exactly what kind of show it was. After seeing La Nouba at the Walt Disney World Resort, it is still hard for me to describe this show in words, but one word does come to mind - Electrifying!
Cirque Du Soleil means "Circus of the Sun". This isn't your ordinary circus, though. Sure, there are clowns, but there is so much more to it. There are 8 different characteristics that define what Cirque Du Soleil is all about - Acrobatic Performance, Acting, Art Forms From Around The World, Imaginary Worlds, Dance, Daring, Dexterity and Grace. When you combine those 8 characteristics, you have a show that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more!
Cirque Du Soleil has 21 unique productions around the world. One of those is right here in Central Florida, and I recently had the opportunity to check out La Nouba. While this show is for adults and children of all ages, Brian and I headed out to Downtown Disney by ourselves to check out the show.
The performance started out with clowns, just like many other circus acts. While the younger members laughed at their antics, I was a little bored and was hoping the show was going to get better. After all, I still had no clue what the night would bring.
Once the clowns had finished their little skit, we got to meet some of the characters. They came out into the audience just a few rows from where we were sitting, and I was immediately drawn to the "Green Bird". The bright colors of her outfit and her pointy nose captivated me, and as the other characters came out, I was intrigued and couldn't wait to see what they were going to do.
One of the first acts was the BMX Wizards. Their twists, turns and stunts were absolutely thrilling! The guests in the front row couldn't help but sit as far back in their seats as they possibly could because it looked like the riders were going to bounce right off the stage. They hopped up and down stairs, rode over obstacles and made bicycles do things I had never seen them do before.
My favorite act of the entire show was the little Diabolos. These four adorable little girls with their Chinese yo-yos were absolutely amazing! With nothing more than a string between two sticks and a wooden spool, they captivated the audience with their dexterity. They slid their spools to each other and tossed them high up into the air, to be caught again after flips and other maneuvers.
The Juggler, with the Green Bird as an assistant, passed balls and hoops in between his hands faster than my eyes could keep up with it all. I lost count of how many hoops he had going at once, and was mesmerized during the whole act. It was hand-eye coordination at its finest!
The grace of the Aerial Ballet in Silk was absolutely beautiful as we watched the performers twist and turn through the red ribbons hanging from the ceiling. They would wrap themselves up high in the air, and every time they would let the wrap unravel, I caught myself gasping.
There were many different characters coming and going throughout the production, but the one that always had my attention was the Titan. Honestly, he was pretty creepy. With his hunched back and his slow, deliberate movements, he was a force to be reckoned with.
The Titan showed off his strength and balance on the Power Track, along with several other performers bouncing off and back on the burning building. Timing was everything in this act, and it was absolutely flawless.
The acts mentioned above were my favorite performers during La Nouba, but we also saw the high Flying Trapeze, Jump Rope work, and a High Wire. The acts were choreographed flawlessly to high-energy, live music that kept the energy flowing through the entire performance. I'll say it again, it was electrifying! Here is just a little preview of everything you will witness at Cirque Du Soleil's La Nouba...
If you have not been to a Cirque Du Soleil performance, this is a must see! The various Cirque Du Soleil shows across the globe are all different, and I cannot wait to see another one!
The ticket prices for La Nouba range from $70 to $140, depending on the date and your seat selections. Our seats were around $100. When I first found out how much the ticket prices were, I said to my husband "I can't believe people pay that kind of money for this!", but after the show was over, I was asking him when we could bring the kids to see it. They would love it! While this is not something I could afford to see often, I do believe that you have to see it at least once, and it is worth the high ticket price. You won't be disappointed.
For more information on the different shows around the world, visit Cirque Du Soleil online. You can also follow Cirque Du Soleil on Facebook and Twitter to find out about new performances and special events.
Have you ever been to a Cirque Du Soleil performance? Which one?
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received complimentary tickets to a performance of La Nouba in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received.