Cirque du Soleil Returns To the Pensacola Bay Center With A Dazzling New Show

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Cirque du Soleil Returns To the Pensacola Bay Center With A Dazzling New Show
By: Kelly Woodard

Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai, which has been touring the world since 2002 under the company’s trademark yellow and blue big top, has returned bigger and better than ever in a new arena show, and it is coming to the Pensacola Bay Center this Wednesday, March 19
th through Sunday, March 23rd.
With a fresh cast of 50 performers, Varekai has dazzled crowds all over the world with multiple aerial acts, colorful costumes, and whimsical music. Varekai, which takes its title from a Roma word that means “wherever,” is built around the Greek myth of Icarus who flew too close to the sun. The wax on his wings melted and he fell into the sea.
For Varekai, director Dominic Champagne (who also directed the Cirque’s Beatles show, Love, in Las Vegas) let his imagination run wild, creating a forest peopled with fantastic creatures to welcome the fallen Icarus. This allowed composer Violaine Corradi to come up with a highly variegated world beat soundtrack. And it gave Academy Award-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka (who passed away last year) free rein to conjure up elegant, vibrantly colorful costumes adorned with petals and appendages. They range from the floral to the avian and the reptilian.
The look of Varekai is ravishing and several of the acts are simply sublime. That includes the ascent of Icarus (Mark Halasi), after he has lost his wings, within a net that allows him to make sinuous moves high above the stage. There’s a sensuous aerial hoop act, as haunting as the moon, performed by a woman (Katja Kortstrom) with limbs of shining gold. And a seductive hand-balancing act, performed by a woman in a silver striped white body suit (Alona Zhuravel), leads into a romantic connection with Icarus and the suggestion of a wedding.
Strikingly original moments include a man on crutches (Raphael Botelho) dancing for the wingless Icarus and two men (Oleksii Kozakov and Oleksandr Romashyn), scantily dressed in raven black, flying high on aerial straps.
The dramatic show’s most daring and riveting act of them all is the Russian Swing act that provides the show with an explosive finale. The swings catapult bodies into the air, aimed to land in one of two giant canvas panels suspended at the back of the stage, or on another swing.
Tickets for Varekai are on sale now by visiting, the Pensacola Bay Center Box Office, or through all Ticketmaster Outlets. Ticket prices are $55.50 and $154 plus applicable service fees. Parking is $5 and cash only will be accepted.
Groups with 12 or more can save up to $16.50 with a group discount!
Showtime for March 19
th, 20th, and 21st is 7:30 pm. Showtime for March 22nd is 4 pm and 7:30 pm, and March 23rd at 1:30 pm and 5 pm. Doors open one hour before the show.
For more information, visit or call 850-432-0800.