Playing in the Zarkana Showroom at the Aria
7:00pm & 9:30pm Tickets $69.00, $99.00, $130.00, $140.00, $150.00, $180.00 +tax & fee DARK Sunday & Monday. All ages show. Pricing varies during the holidays. Closes April 30th
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"Zarkana," by Cirque du Soleil, is playing in the showroom at the Aria Resort and Casino. It was brought in from
Radio City Music Hall to replace the floundering "Viva Elvis." To quote from the PR on the show, "[It] is a visually
stunning modern acrobatic spectacular set in a world where physical ability meets with the extraordinary. Zarkana is
a visual vortex set in a twisted acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to
a true celebration." It is a good description of the show...however, in a town that is replete with Cirque shows, it
just doesn't stand out.
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I take full responsibility for my underwhelming response to this show...my problem is that I've just seen too many
Cirque productions for this one to be special. It is beautiful. It is spectacular. The performers are
outstanding...just like every other production, and this one isn't even bolstered by a specific theme or story. It
is a really good basic Cirque show.
Now, one the one hand, if you haven't seen a Cirque production before...this one will make you fall in love with
Cirque. It has everything that one would want, i.e. the acrobats, jugglers, clowns, trapeze, etc. On the other
hand, if you've seen most every Cirque show multiple times, then sadly, but with a few exceptions, it becomes a
generic experience; (another acrobat, another clown, another trapeze, and even another "Wheel of Death.")
I know that my familiarity has bred this contempt, and I am greatly saddened by it. How is it possible to not
appreciate the talents of these people? Have we finally reached the saturation point with Cirque productions? I
have specifically and intentionally made this reaction and review very personal because I think that response to this
show is going to be radically different and directly dependent on how much exposure you've had to Cirque productions.
For example...I thought that the clowns in this show were the worst I've seen...least original and least funny. They
relied on humor of the lowest common denominator. ...and other people loved them.
The one act of true note was the sand painter. She was amazing. With just the sand on a glass surface, she creates
one beautiful image after another. The fascination of this creative process was mesmerizing, and the way in which
one image morphed into another was absolutely wonderful. Of course, now I wonder if this act were put into four
other productions would I lose interest. Again...I hope not.
I keep blaming myself for the shortcomings of this show and not Cirque itself, but perhaps there is some blame to be
shared... Cirque du Soleil is one of the most successful production companies in the world with gigantic resources
of time, money, personnel, facilities, etc. They have huge productions running all over the world. And with all of
that, you couldn't come up with something different?
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