Looking to do something different with your family this month? Step into the magical world of the Cirque du Soleil performance, Varekai. The critically-acclaimed production fuses together acrobats, music and drama, and has already visited 72 cities in 20 different countries around the world. Cirque du Soleil’s publicist, Vanessa Napoli said, “Like every Cirque du Soleil show, you don’t need to understand the story to love it for what it is, which is watching real people doing unreal things and feel like you’re living in a dream.” The word Varekai comes from the Romany language of the gypsies, meaning “wherever.” The storyline centers around a nomad man whose quest takes him on the path that leads to Varekai. “I don’t think there is one unique thing that is unique about this show, I think the whole thing is,” said Napoli. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne, this performance promises to take audiences on an extraordinary adventure through movement and time. Napoli said, “It inspires you to be whatever you want to be and do whatever you want to do.” The show’s seven-piece, live band incorporates everything from traditional Armenian melodies to contemporary pieces to bring together the musical sounds of Varekai. Varekai has more than 600 different costumes and accessories, and an international cast of 50 performers. The combination of the sets, costumes, live music and performers will be sure to leave you in awe. “In today’s high-stress society it is a way to forget the problems of the real world for two hours and 20 minutes and escape into a fantasy like world,” said Napoli. Varekai has already been viewed by more than 8 million people across the world. The show will come to the Jack Breslin Student Events Center on April 2-6. For more information visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
A senior at Michigan State University pursuing a career in communications and public relations, Danielle enjoys cooking, traveling and all Middle Eastern food.