To talk about Cirque de la Symphonie is to use words like AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, MESMERIZING, AWE-INSPIRING, CRAZY, WHOA, WHAT THE?, ARE YOU SERIOUS?, EEEEE!
But really, it’s one of those shows that you really HAVE to be there for. I can’t begin to describe the Cube act or the Strongmen act. It’d be like describing Beethoven to a deaf man! (That was deep, and somewhat ironic…considering Beethoven did actually go deaf…)
The true artistry in Cirque de la Symphonie, though (what I think, at least) is the relationship between the acts and the music. You might think that an aerialist can do her routine to anything, and while that might be true, there really is a difference when that music is so in sync with the performance. It becomes something else entirely. (Again, it’s one of those things you just have to take my word for; you really need to see the performance.)
Anyway, during intermission, I had a frank talk with my best friend about how great shows like Cirque de la Symphonie are. They draw in a brand new audience to classical music and they play really really user-friendly, popular pieces that make everyone happy. It’s the perfect entry into the classical music world. I was so excited by the idea, but then my wise friend said that there can’t be a “visual” to every symphony show and that people who go to the symphony often might be really annoyed listening to the pop-classical as opposed to the rare gems.
So….quite the pickle. What do you think?