Zarkana

Tuesday, December 06 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Zarkana is the Cirque du Soleil’s latest. This one is playing at Radio City Music Hall, which is a venue that holds 5,600 people. The tickets range from $52 to $300, so this is not an inexpensive evening, but if you’ve ever been to Radio City, Christmas pageants or not, you’re seeing it’s a great opportunity to see the real majesty and terrific acoustics of this particular venue. I love Cirque du Soleil and I love Radio City, and for about half of the performance they really are not very compatible.  Cirque du Soleil originated in a tent where everybody’s very close in a very small venue and you can see all the performers and all the costumes, and this is a venue that holds 5,600 people. So I understand from an economic point of view why Cirque du Soleil would want to do this, but from an artistic point of view there are four or five numbers that work beautifully in a huge space, including a fabulous one with flags, and one of the trapeze artists that has a huge cast, so that works very well, and one of the series of acrobats that fits about 15 or 20 people on stage at the same time. The set itself is amazing, but there’s one act that’s so overpowered by the snakes as part of the set that you lose sight of the human beings here. So, as I said, I’m a fan of Cirque du Soleil and I’m a fan of Radio City; the two are sort of an uneasy combination on this one. The stuff that works, works exceptionally well, but a lot of it, for example the juggler, is just so dwarfed by the situation and the fact that you’ve got all these Cirque du Soleil performers running around in white costumes doesn’t really change it. But if you’ve never been to Radio City and you’ve never seen Cirque du Soleil, I’m not sure that it’s my favorite introduction to either of them, but it is certainly an experience. Two and a half stars.

 

JOY METER