Cirque du Soleil – Zaia!

Cirque Du Soleil – Zaia!

During my brief stay in Hong Kong + Macau, I watched Zaia, one of the shows the renowned Cirque du Soleil presents. I’ve watched their shows ever since I was young, the first one I watched was Quidam and the last one I watched was Allegria. First of all, I would like to point out Macaù is one of the two countries under the special rule of China, the other one being Hong Kong. We stayed in the Venetian Hotel in Macaù, which is also where Zaia is performed every couple of weeks (?). It is also the only place in the world Zaia can be seen, so it felt special to be sleeping here. To get to Macaù we had to ride a boat from Hong Kong; we stayed in Hong Kong during the day and went to Macaù at night.

Cirque du Soleil, or Circus of the Sun in English, is a performing arts franchise, consisting of many episodes/shows. The shows are somewhat circus type, but it is no ordinary circus at all. There are always a comic element — the clowns, a serious element — opera singers, a nerve wrecking element — the stunts, and definitely a mind blowing element — everything else. Zaia included truly impressive acts, and though I want to describe to you what kind of acts there were, it is too hard to describe because it is so different from anything most people watch. To help me describe, here are some videos:

This video is a juggling act that was also in Zaia. Pretty impressive, right? 4:10 to the end of the video is my favorite part.

This is a video of a clown act from Quidam. It’s always funnier watching it live; I don’t think this act was as funny as the ones in Zaia.

Every time I watch one of their shows, I am always astounded by the teamwork and coordination of the performers, working with each other to perfection. So many things go on at once, some are less important which is why there is always some indication of where the main act is.

Most shows start with clowns interacting with the audience or with each other, and though “clowns” may sound cheesy, these guys are different. These clowns know how to make the audience laugh out loud, I was no exception to this. They appear in the middle of shows for a funny little act and also join in with some other acts too. The opening to Zaia was the funniest thing I saw during spring vacation. I will put up a video for you to watch, but I recommend you to watch while alone.

This show was way better than Riverdance (refer to my previous post to see what that was about) and also better than Allegria, the previous Cirque du Soleil show I watched. The shows are held here in Korea from time to time and when they are, I strongly, strongly recommend you to buy or ask your parents to buy tickets to see them perform live. You will be amazed.


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