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...with a grand piano in my living room.

Vegas didn't seem so much like Vegas this time around. I spent the bulk of my time in the hotel suite, recovering from stress/overwork/sleep dep/touch of a cold/caffeine withdrawal. Lots of sleep, Airborne, and books, along with a constant stream of healthy food that my parents kept feeding me, helped me feel human again by mid-week.

(more photos)

I did catch three shows with the family. La Rêve was pretty, more of a dance in water than a display of acrobatics. is still my favorite Cirque, with its amazing stage, great plot-driven show, and constant changing settings for the ADD in me. I think everyone enjoyed it the most of the three.

And Love, despite all the glowing praise from friends and acquaintances who have seen it, completely met with my low expectations. I honestly think I would have enjoyed it for what it was had it not carried the Cirque du Soleil name. Still, if I enjoy the loudly played, pre-recorded music more than the actual show... maybe I was reminded too much of your standard goth/industrial "live" acts.

(But despite that, the crowd seemed to really enjoy it, and the combination of those two names is probably a hit in terms of ticket sales. So I'm resigned to further dilution of the Cirque name with Cirque: Satisfaction, Led Cirque: Stairway to Heaven, and Kiss Cirque: Rock and Roll All Night.

And no, it wasn't the worst Cirque ever; that distinction still goes to Zumanity.)

I did come out with a renewed reminder of what a good bassist Paul McCartney was, and what a creative drummer Ringo Starr could be when he wasn't forced to stay simple by a deluge of screaming. All You Need is Love starts off in 7/8 and goes to 4/4 for the chorus.

Besides that, I think I'm leaning towards Massive Attack meets David Gilmour as my musical direction du jour.

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Dear Isabelle Chassé,

Your Aerial Contortion in Silk remains my favorite Cirque act to date, as well as one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen, period.


pls marry me.

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First we went to see the Cornelia Parker installations at YBCA... Mass and Anti-Mass. Charred remains of a white church in Texas that was struck by lightning, and the charred remains of a black church in Kentucky that was destroyed by arson, arranged in opposing corners of a room. Visually intriguing with a deeper layer of meaning to wrap your head around.

Then Corteo. I had purchased the Tapis Rouge tix (on a whim, as a gift), and the vip treatment started with reserved parking by the entrance. We had arrived quite a bit early, so we spent forty-five minutes or so in the Tapis Rouge hospitality tent.

Vip hospitality tent: Ambient lighting. Velvet [inflatable] couches. Free flowing champagne (or wine or choice of other beverage). The hors d'oeuvres were quite tasty: veggie Vietnamese spring rolls, handmade chips with salsa fresca and guacamole toppings, sausagey things for the meat eaters, and a few other bite-sized things that I couldn't describe for the life of me, which were also quite tasty. Our own bathrooms, free of the stench of common people. ;-) ... And free programs on our way to the show.

Then, during intermission, they changed up the hors d'oeuvres to more dessert-y bits... apple turnover bites, mini eclairs, and other indescribable-but-tasty bite-sized things. More free flowing champagne. And a little gift bag with a Cirque Delirium cd and some stuff from Porsche including a free test drive... heh.

The show:

Corteo, pre-show.
They had an Italian art type translucent curtain around the stage, which stretched the length of the tent.
The show began with aerial acrobatics on the chandeliers.

+1 )

Our seats were about seven rows from the stage... pretty great seats. Corteo featured lots of aerial acrobatics and lots of circles and rings... surefire ways to my heart.

Spoilers for those who don't want to know anything prior to seeing the show. )

All in all, I think Corteo ranks up there with Ká as one of my favorite Cirques... top 3 out of the 10 or so I've seen. Highly recommended. Go see!

On our way out, we walked through the commoners' tent, with its popcorn and plastic bottled drinks for sale, programs and cds for sale (like $17 and $20?), bright lights and huge crowd, and I thought, damn I'm a spoiled fucker.

(My parents were really happy with their birthday presents though =D ... )

Afterwards we ate sushi... had fun watching my parents talk to the chef and choose the best stuff to eat. It was pretty good. I asked to tag along to their favorite sushi place in Little Tokyo in LA. And sounds like we might go to Nobu in Vegas this Giftmas... my current personal favorite.

Then we wandered around the Giftmas lights in Union Square for a bit and stopped in the Westin St Francis for a pee.

gingerbread village )

They had a gingerbread castle on display there... 70 pounds of gingerbread, 300 pounds of icing... just amazing. My camera and/or computer ate the picture of the actual castle that I took. Bit annoyed at that.

Trying to decide whether to continue the day with some stomping. Maybe I'll just watch some Aqua Teen Hunger Force before bed and foray back into clubland [after a long hiatus] next week.

Damn this was a good day.

cirque #8?

Jul. 9th, 2005 11:28 am
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Ka was fucking brilliant.

Quite possibly my favorite now... The least acrobatic and the most aesthetically pleasing, I think.

The stage was fucking magnificent.

July 2014

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