Tuesday morning was the usual chaos of getting everyone bundled up and out the door to school, skytrains and work. I hate the cold and am so sick of this weather. I am sick of thawing out the car and on Tuesday it didn’t seem to be working.
Hence when the car started making lots of emergency beeps and warnings, I wasn’t TOO surprised. I basically coasted into the Canadian Tire parking lot in a dead dead car.
Thus started a long and frustrating day. The day just added to an already crummy week. Monday I had wiped out HARD on the ice at my work parking lot. My arms and ribs have been aching all week.
Getting the car fixed – paying to get the car fixed – before Christmas was not something I wanted us to be dealing with. A car that my husband paid for, and I get to drive.
Can you say I felt defeated.
So I almost said forget it when I realized it was the night we were supposed to see Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk: First Flight.
It just felt like too much effort. Which is terrible when you and your family have been comped tickets. I truly feel I let down the team in my lack of enthusiasm here.
But we bundled up and bundled into my mom’s car. The men-folk stayed home. This seemed to be a chick only event.
I have always figured that Cirque was the right group to take on recreating an alien world like James Cameron’s Pandora. Visually, this experience is stunning. It is absolutely beautiful. And who better to be the exotic and athletic Na’avi, than the amazing acrobats of Cirque. Yet. Well, it felt odd. Too much story (a story too similar to the original film, in my daughter’s opinion) and not enough circus. I wanted to be wowed more by the acrobats on stage and less by the set and narrative.
Now, the 14th was officially the opening night, but we changed our tickets to the 13th when they added it on to the run that goes to the 18th here in Vancouver, and the Coliseum was half empty. I don’t know if that took away from it. We were a quiet audience as clapping felt almost intrusive to the story. It broke away from the world they had created for us and took us back to reality.
People who have seen Cirque in Vegas in a non tent setting may have a different opinion, but I missed the Grande Chapiteau. But hey..there is no room for giant flying toruks.
I totally get that I would have enjoyed the spectacle more had I been in better shape physically and mentally. If you love all that is Cirque and enjoy the beauty of an alien planet imagined right in front of you with incredible acrobats, puppetry and visual effects, then I would say go quick and enjoy the beauty. But if you want a true Cirque experience, I would say wait until you see their lovely striped tent set up here again.
For more information visit: www.cirquedusoleil.com/toru
and to purchase tickets visit: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/canada/vancouver/toruk/buy-tickets
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