The new Cirque du Soleil show, Delirium, is in town. Four of us went to last night’s show …wow. This is the third Cirque show I’ve seen, and I still can’t find words to describe them. In talking about it afterwards (well, not so much talking as staring slack-jawed at each other) we all agreed: You can’t explain one of these shows to someone who’s never seen one, you have to experience it yourself.
What I can say is it’s very different from what you’d expect from a “typical” Cirque show. The other’s I’ve seen (Alegria and Corteo) were more “circus-y” with positively unreal acts of physical coordination, dexterity, and teamwork, all performed to a bed of original music. Delirium is (for lack of a better description) the exact opposite. It’s more a concert than a circus, where the music takes center stage and the circus acts (lesser in number, but not in intensity) augment the songs. Truly outstanding.
This is a short-run show (only 2 nights) in cities across the US and Canada, and it’s opening up in more and more of them. I know I’ve said it before, I’m going to say it again, and I’ll say it after every Cirque show I see:
Go … now.