Cirque Du Soleil - Mystere
The official Mystere Web Site describes Mystere as a combination of "powerful athleticism, high-energy acrobatics and inspiring imagery". It further goes on to describe the show as an "exhilarating blend of whimsy, drama and the unimaginable brought to life on stage". These adjectives, while on the surface appropriate, don't successfully prepare the audience for the plot, which can only be described as plain ol' o-d-d. For instance, there is a giant baby that is portrayed by a pudgy adult male and creatures in crazy costumes that the web site lists as spermatos, lizards, double faces, las laqauis, etc. There is a narrator to the show as well, but he successfully provides zero clues as to what is going on because he speaks in a "magical" language that no one can understand.
|Giant baby; Source: reviewjournal|
|Lizards; Source: exploringlasvegas|
|Clown: Source: cirquedusoleil.com|
|Aerial Cube; Source: cirquedusoleil.com|
|Hand-to-Hand; Source: cirquedusoleil.com|
Cirque du Soleil - The Beatles LOVE
Concerning the specific musical acts (26 in total), the show aims to trace the Beatles lives from childhood, to their abrupt fame (i.e. Beatlemania), to their spiritual awakening and, sadly, their breakup. However, they take the audience on this path without actually using individual representations of the Beatles members or historical figures of the time. Instead, the show uses fictional characters that often recur in their songs (i.e. Lady Madonna, Sgt. Pepper, Eleanor Rigby, etc.). The core of this show is really more about their theatrical approach to bringing the music to life, which is a bit of a deviation from the traditional Cirque du Soleil that is all about breathtaking, circus-like acrobatics. There are some lovers of the traditional Cirque that do not and will not like this production for this very reason. Clearly, I disagree because I found the way in which they brought the music to life just so incredibly enjoyable while also increasing my satisfaction by including some circus-like acts in the mix. For instance, they had some exciting tricks with in-line skaters that were bounding up and down these half-pipe structures, as well as trampolinists, rope climbers and bungee jumpers/dancers. The non-aerial dance was great too. As an avid So You Think You Can Dance viewer, I spotted ballet, contemporary, breaking and even some stomping/rhythym dance.
What I cannot stress enough is the feeling you get in the audience right when the show starts. It begins with "Because", which is kind of a slow song. You can start to make out some rope climbers in the dim lighting but there is generally not a ton of movement yet. Then, all of a sudden it stops and goes into the much-faster paced "Get Back". Great tune. As soon as this song starts, it's like a visual explosion....lights ablaze, sheer curtains drawn back, music blaring and it seems like the whole production cast is out on stage. I think it's fair to say that our jaws were on the ground at this point.
|Because; Source: Cirque du Soleil The Beatles LOVE (C) 2008|
|Walrus; Source: jetsettersmagazine|
|Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds: Source: jetsettersmagazine|
|Octopus' Garden; Source: emol|
|Here Comes the Sun; Source: emol|
The show started to wind down with a few more songs and then there was a pretty powerful number, "A Day in the Life", that showed a beautiful woman in a long red dress ultimately get hit by a car and die. This was a little confusing for me real-time not knowing all of the Beatles history, so I looked it up as I was writing this review and I believe the significance is that this woman represented Julia (John's Lennon's mother). Her death had a devastating effect on John and was a large contributor to the breakup of the band.
|A Day in the Life; Source: jetsettersmagazine|
|Hey Jude: Source: emol|