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‘Alegria’ in final shows — offering tricks and treats

October 29th, 2010

It’s Halloween weekend — and you still don’t have a costume or a destination to celebrate?
Consider Cirque du Solei’s “Alegria,” winding up a two-week run with shows tonight through Sunday (Oct. 29-31) at Blaisdell Arena.
You don’t have to don Lady Gaga or Star Wars garb to attend. Just show up, and soak up the spectacle.
The cast will be showing off costumes to fill the eyes, along with amazing artistry and precision; some performers don masks (like clowns), which retain a particular look, but the real joy are the thrills in the air and on the floor.
In short: tricks and treats for a satisfying and entertaining evening.
Five “Alegria” acts that I particularly loved:
1 — Power Track. This is a bouncing, twirling, somersaulting ensemble, with troupers dashing to and fro, along a pair of tracks that criss-cross like an X. It’s part gymnastics, part acrobatics — and totally mesmerizing. You’ll sit on the edge of your seat, hoping the jumping and bouncing troupers won’t collide.
2 ¬— Russian Bars. Again, a group with remarkable timing, balance and expertise. Part of the team holds oversized bars on their shoulders, coupling athleticism of tight-rope-type moves from flip-flopping gymnasts who yield drama that’s not so elevated in the air, but high in appeal.
3 — Aerial High Bar. This is not your father’s trapeze act. There’s one swinging bar, with catcher aboard; a daredevil leaps from a higher-up platform just at the right moment, to be “caught” in trapeze tradition. Whoa! A solid nail-biter.
4 — Flying Man. A solo act, this virtuoso dangles and soars in choreographic sweeps, relying on gymnastic rings that are dangled with elasticity of a bungee, so there’s perpetual motion — and buoyant magic.
5 — Contortion. Two young girls, surely with spines of elastic, reflect pliability and timing with mirror-image synchronization. Can you put your leg over your head and practically touch the ground with your toes? This duo can — and does — with fluidity and finesse.
“Alegria,” which is jubilation in Spanish, offers inventive spectacle with timeless appeal. It’s the perfect show for all generations, from kids to adults.


Final shows at 7:30 p.m. today (Oct. 29), 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 30) and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 31)
Blaisdell Arena

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