Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría Illuminates the Stage at Sears Centre

Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría
The Sears Centre – Hoffman Estates, IL
3/4/2010

Alegría means “jubilation” in Spanish and I walked into the show not knowing what I was getting into. I’ve only heard the great love of Cirque du Soleil shows from friends who’ve seen the larger Las Vegas shows. When Cirque’s Alegría hit town I jumped on the chance to witness it for myself.

Alegría’s characters are made up of Kings’ fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children, along with the clowns.  The story is about the hand off of power throughout time. It evolves from ancient monarchies to modern democracies.

Alegría is currently running a 7 performance residence at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL, and if you are anywhere near Hoffman Estates or Chicago please take this chance to see a Cirque show up close and personal. The Sears Centre is ideal for Alegría because of the smaller size of the venue. We were lucky to have fantastic seats but even those further away could still see and appreciate the sheer beauty of the show.

The costumes are amazing! The performers were so alluring with the grace, flow, and precision of their movements. The acts ranged from fire throwers and dancers, contortionists, aerial acrobats, and tumblers.

There wasn’t one act that went by that didn’t touch the audience in one way or another, even if it was the clowns onstage between acts. The crowd awed in amazement as the aerial acrobats took to the rafters hanging from the ceiling. We now understand why there are nets below as we watched on acrobat miss his connection and fall flat to the net, but what the performer might consider a mistake was a true sight to see for the Cirque viewer and applause ensued.

The contortionists left the entire audience just perplexed at how the human body can actually move when properly trained. The two ladies also brought a whole new definition to having a “flat stomach.”  Watch and see for yourself.

The “white singer” was the musical narrator throughout the show. She also has an alter ego who holds her dark secrets. She graces the stage as the “black singer.”The power of both voices was mind-blowing because they look so petite onstage yet lit up the entire stage when belting out songs. They usually were onstage singing during the acts and at times I didn’t know which to watch. Do I watch the singer or the performer and both looks simply amazing?

The “White Singer” (left) and her alter ego, the “Black Singer” (right).

This is a show that is definitely for the entire family. There was a bit of adult humor during one of the clown skits but nothing that kids haven’t seen or heard before, and if they are young enough it’ll go right over their heads. On that note, I usually am scared of clowns and feared I would have nightmares, but the well orchestrated skits and well written humor made me forget I was watching clowns.

When Alegría rolls through your town be sure to check them out and if you have children bring them along. The tickets are bit more than what one would pay for a concert but this truly is a once in a lifetime experience of beauty and amazement.

For more information on the Sears Centre performances or for ticket information, visit click HERE!

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