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By VIRGINIA STILL

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ransporting the public into a universe where emotions are attached to acrobatics, Cirque Du Soleil Company delivers Varekai, an enchanting forest inhabited by unusual characters, right to the 209 at the Stockton Arena from April 15-19 for seven performances only.

The world of Varekai is a deep forest at the summit of a volcano where a young man named Icarus falls from the sky, loses his wings and hurts his legs. In true Cirque Du Soleil fashion, the show will feature the traditional acrobatic athletic abilities of performers and other elements, however, Varekai will also tell a story that is very close to the creator, writer and director Dominic Champagne’s own experience. “It is a story that is very close to him because I believe a year prior he created the piece after he fell from the rooftop and fractured his two ankles,” explained Varekai’s artistic director Fabrice Lemire. “He was told by the doctors and specialist that he may not be able to walk again.” In Varekai, Icarus finds himself wounded in an unknown world and his desire to live trumps his fears, which takes him into a rebirth. “Basically, what does he need to do to go on with his life?” added Lemire. “It is very much about, how do you adapt to a new reality, to new surroundings, to a new community and many of us do this.” Lemire moved to the United States from France when he was 23. He did not know anybody and his English was very poor. However, these trials did not prevent Lemire from succeeding, which he explains is similar to the story. The other characters in the performance will teach Icarus how to fly without wings and CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 

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APRIL/MAY 2015


209 Magazine - Issue 7