Inspired by the daredevils of BMX and anchored in theatrical performances and incredible acrobatic exploits, Cirque du Soleil will present the show “Volta” in Southern California.
The three-year-old show, which is the company’s very first sport-inspired performance, will debut in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium on January 18 with performances until March 8, before heading to OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa in March. April 18-19.
“The show is inspired by street sports, BMX, skipping, roller skating, and California is all about these sports, so it’s really the best audience for us,” said Steven Ross, spokesperson for Cirque du Soleil.
The performance follows the story of a participant in a game show who takes part in “Mr. Wow Show. “
Thanks to his experience, the public will see acrobatic performances, inline skaters, daredevil bicycle stunts, jugglers, dancers and other artists performing theatrical and physical acts that define the great shows of Cirque du Sun.
Since this is Volta’s debut in Los Angeles, here are three breathtaking moments you can expect to see when the circus arrives in town.
The rope jumps are part of a new Cirque du Soleil show called “Volta”. (Photo by Matt Beard).
1. Doping strings
Forget everything you think you know about the classic jump rope game, because thanks to the fast feet and hands of a team of Chinese jumpers, this old hobby is not child’s play. Not only will they do flips and crutches while skipping rope, but they’ll really go full speed for the finale when the lights are out and everything goes dark. This is when skippers will take real action with two LED-lit strings that spin so fast that it seems like a bubble encompassing artists who jump as fast as eight steps per second.
A breathtaking act is part of the new Cirque du Soleil show called “Volta”. (Photo by Matt Beard).
2. Breathtaking dance
While most issues of “Volta” are high-adrenaline pieces featuring multiple artists, an act called “Mirage” is a milder performance piece, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain ‘excitation. A dancer appears in the dark with sensual movements and then you know that she is levitating 25 feet in the air. And what is holding it back? A harness? Hidden ropes? Superman? No, just her hair. Yes, her hair is tied to a device that lifts her up into the air and seems to make her float as she continues to perform acrobatic dance movements in the air.
3. The madness of BMX
“Volta” ends with an adrenaline rush thanks to a grand finale that stages five BMX riders in full swing with free style movements in a rotating BMX park. The park consists of six transparent ramps, which makes it more difficult for runners to see the ramps and judge their landings but easier for the public to see the action. And as the jumpers jump and make jumps and turns in the air, the ramps on which they land turn, which yes, makes that each jump is even more a jump of skill defying death.
“They don’t see the railings, they see the audience and on top of that, you add music, lights, smoke,” said Ross.
If you are going to
Los Angeles: January 18 to March 8, Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave. Tickets start at $ 49.
Costa Mesa: March 18-April 19, OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive. Tickets start at $ 58