J'Adore Cirque du Soleil
My family, in all of our early-90s glory... my brother Justin and I are in the front, reppin' The Mirage hotel with our matching shirt/shorts outfits.
Our very first trip to Las Vegas as a family was in the early 1990s, and since then we've had many family trips to that sweet little desert in Nevada. It's safe to say that the town was just getting on the family bandwagon, with swashbuckling pirates fighting out in front of Treasure Island (the hotel now goes by TI, and those drunkard, hairy male pirates have been replaced by sexy wench women instead), the arcade in Excalibur, and other delights.
But one of the most memorable experiences we had on that first trip together was seeing Nouvelle Experience, a Cirque du Soleil production that began in 1990 as a tour and ended its run outside The Mirage hotel in a big top. I'll never forget one of the clowns walking around the crowd before the show, who picked up my brother by his foot and held him upside down in the air.
Since then, I've been fortunate enough to see several of Cirque du Soleil's productions, including Mystere, O, Ka, and LOVE, with my favorite being O at the Bellagio hotel. From the music to the costumes to the fact that the stage is a magnificent pool of water, the show is a must-see for any Cirque lover or newbie.
I haven't seen a Cirque du Soleil show in about five years, which is why I'm so excited that the traveling production of Quidam is stopping in East Lansing at the Breslin Center this May. From the photos and what I've read, it sounds and looks like a magical tale.
If there's one thing on my calendar for this spring, I know that Quidam will have to be it.