Allow me to get this part out to of the way. If you haven’t seen Cirque du Soleil’s amazing show Saltimbanco at the Neal Blaisdell Arena yet, I highly recommend you get there before it leaves Honolulu on November 16.
Kelly and I held up our earlier promise and went to see the show last night. I’ll be honest that I was a bit skeptical about just how good a traveling version of a Cirque show could be having seen Mystere and Zumanity in Las Vegas. But last night’s performance squashed all concerns. It’s just as good and 100% entertaining just like I expect a Cirque show to be.
I’m still having a difficult time putting into words exactly what we saw last night. How did the guy climb up the pole using nothing but his arms and upper body strength? How in the world could that guy ride a bike forward, backwards, and while doing handstands like that? Did I really just see that guy juggle eight balls at once in the air and on the ground? And the amazing ladies on the trapeze had to have been tethered together, right? Nope! Pure skill, thrill, and exhilaration!
But don’t just take my word for it that this show is worth every penny. Fellow blogger Ryan Ozawa’s wonderful review of Saltimbanco sums up the experience best. In his post he writes:
The acrobatics were breathtaking. This is Cirque Du Soleil, after all. Leaping from pole to pole, spinning and swinging from the cavernous arena ceiling, my daughter shrieked as they made death defying leaps. At any given moment, there were a dozen things happening at once, and seemingly every performer on stage was absorbed in his or her own show. The most exciting moments were the most disappointing in that you knew you were missing something any time you fixed your gaze.
I couldn’t agree more. Saltimbanco is definitely a feast for the senses and what I would call a wild dream come to life. This is family entertainment like you’ve never seen before. Kelly and I both left the show energized and with a feeling of excitement and awe. It’s only here until November 16. Don’t miss out!