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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta’ Offers a Truly Dazzling Experience

Feb 15, 2019
by Evan Joel
Cirque du Soleil’s latest show, “Volta,” currently playing at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose through March 24, offers a full-throttle evening of thrills and excitement as it serves up all the signature feats of acrobatics and striking costumes while at the same time showcases street sports: roller skating, BMX bikes, trampoline, breakdancing, Double Dutch jump rope and more. What impresses me most is that while some past Cirque shows have had darker elements, "Volta" is upbeat throughout, making it appropriate for all ages. The contemporary melodic score, composed by Anthony Gonzalez from the international electronic group M83, along with the inspiring epic street sport tricks, really appeal to a younger audience.

“Volta” is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgment of others.

The show’s highlights are too numerous to mention them all, but in the scene “Hair Suspension,” a woman hangs from her hair via a metal ring through her bun high above the ground as she spins and does acrobatics.

The combination of the bright costumes, the jammin’ music, and how the performers interact with the audience, makes “Volta” a show that should not be missed. It’s truly a wonderful audience experience.

“Volta” is Cirque du Soleil’s 41st original production since 1984, and its 18th show presented under the Big Top. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 190 million spectators in more than 450 cities on six continents.



For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

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Photo caption: In an electric, urban atmosphere, artists tumble and jump through shapes, sometimes feet first, sometimes backwards, sometimes bent in half, even adding breakdancing and hip-hop-style moves into the mix. Energetic, urban and contemporary, “Volta” is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, “Volta” is about finding yourself and unveiling your personal powers.


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