Varekai show

08 May, Sunday, 17:00

Sometimes You Have To Leave To Come Back

This spring Varekai, the first ever Cirque du Soleil production that visited Russia to give rise to company’s amazing track record in the country, is coming back in an arena-format to perform in Saint Petersburg. 

In 2009, when Cirque du Soleil debuted with Varekai in Russia, its surreal ambiance and kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures were a completely new discovery to Moscow’s audience having turned their notion about circus art upside down. Back then, they never imagined that a circus production can be more than just a combination of stunts, but a blend of poetry, mind-blowing circus arts, theatre elements, live music, with its own theme and storyline. It seemed unbelievable that costumes in a circus show can be made by an Oscar-winning costume designer, choreography created by a renowned self-styled dancer walking with crutches; video projections engineered by a designer who creates images for prestigious television broadcasts worldwide, while the story can be a seamless whole. In 2009 Varekai’s European schedule allowed Cirque du Soleil to choose only one touring stop in Russia, and it was obviously Moscow. With Varekai being restaged to suit bigger sitting spaces in 2014, Cirque du Soleil can bring its excitement and joy to more and more spectators in Russia, including Saint Petersburg audience.

Varekai, Tales of the Forest remains the story of a young man, Icarus, who falls wounded from the sky into the shadows of a magical forest. Not to lose heart and to survive, he will have to reach the sky again. In his extraordinary adventures, Icarus will meet surreal creatures that inhabit the world located deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano. At the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered and love found that are the sum of all things.

Michael G. Smith, Artistic Director on Varekai, is proud to be able to come back to Russia with the show, «The theme of Icarus' journey of discovery in this magical journey of life remains the same as it is reflection of the inspiring aspect of the human condition. It gives hope to all - no one is ever alone if one finds the courage to reach out and open the heart to new experiences. Some of the acts in the show though have evolved as styles and fashions change, so do circus arts and it is vital that the acrobatic elements in the show remain relevant as images that reflect audience expectation in 2016. It is the ethos of Cirque du Soleil that we view all our shows as a work in progress that constantly evolves and changes as in life, nothing stays the same». 


Tickets cost — 1840 - 5000 roubles

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