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The Cirque du Soleil will be back!

November 6, 2012

Last night our family went to see the Cirque du Soleil in Helsinki. On deck was the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour, a show set to the music and words of the late Michael Jackson. I’ve always thought that Jackson was a brilliant entertainer, so it would be a good thing for the Little Miss to see. While I was taken aback at how loud the music was (I’ll be bringing her better hearing protection next time around and I too, will also employ ear plugs), the lights, the costumes and the performances were great.

The Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour marks only the third time that Cirque du Soleil has landed in Finland. Established in Montreal in 1992, the Cirque has been seen by more than 10 million people in 75 countries. It also has a permanent stage in Las Vegas. In 2007 they brought us the freaky Delrium, and in 2009 they returned with upbeat and busy Saltimbanco.

Last night’s performance featured a multi-piece band and some singers. The troupe included mostly dancers, some of the Cirque’s well-known circus routines and, for the first time (at least that I have seen) – an (above-the-knee) amputee performer. He got the biggest applause last night. 🙂

It proves one thing: to be in the Cirque du Soleil as a performer, you need to have far more than abilities with circus acts; you need to be able to dance and above all, entertain. The staying power of the Cirque du Soleil lies in how they have expanded their base of entertainers to include a wide variety of performers, dancers and musicians.

They’ll be back again soon with Alegria in March 2013. Tickets are already on sale.

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