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IF YOU GO walk without legs. They will help him embrace life and help him with a new way of thinking so he is able to move forward. “It is very poetic actually when you look at the story and that angle,” said Lemire. “I love the metaphor of it and of course there is a small love story.” Originally the Cirque Du Soleil shows were put on in the traditional “big top” circus tents. Approximately a year and a half ago they made the transition into staging the shows at arenas to reach a new demographic of audience. Currently, the traveling group has performances throughout North America and in 2016 they will transfer the show to Europe for a few years. There are about 90 people including artists, musicians, singers, crew members and staff who collaborate to bring this elaborate show of color, acrobatics and more to the audience. “It is very different and it is a lifestyle and you embrace it, you love it, or you just walk away from it,” stated Lemire. “It is hard for everybody to not be able to go home every night. “We are also what you call a touring family, living in the same proximity with 90 people so you have to be able to create your own space and find ways to escape. So my role is not only artistic director but I manage the people on tour.” With only about six weeks spent at home in a year, the touring family is dedicated to bringing the audience an amazing show. The creative team that brainstorms the costumes, music, lighting and all the special extras that make Varekai a magical performance put in countless hours of work and it takes a lot of people to make it happen. As you may see a single character on stage performing a certain act, Lemire would like to remind you that it takes a whole team of people backstage like the riggers, programmers, stage manager, musicians and band leaders to create that fascinating performance. “We forget because we just see the beauty that is in front of us while there is a whole network behind to support that act,” said Lemire. “This show is all about adaptability and transformation.” It’s also a performance that can transform the audience, he said, as long as they let the story take them away.■

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WHAT: Cirque du Soleil Varekai WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 15-19; 4 p.m. April 18; and 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. April 19 WHERE: Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St. TICKETS: $35 to $90, available at www.stocktonlive.com

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