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Heresies Are Experiments

Steampunk—the combination of Victorian and science fiction styles—never had its mainstream breakthrough, and yet at the same time it feels played out.  This contradiction means that context is important: at a bar in Bushwick, I might roll my eyes at top hats or driving goggles.  But in Cirque du Soleil?  It’s a perfect fit. Advertisements

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A Dame That Knows the Ropes

It may at first appear inauspicious that Cirque du Soleil has chosen the Lyric Theatre for its Broadway debut, Paramour, where not too long ago Spider-Man spent months filling 42nd Street with a veritable symphony of free-falling actors and their crunching bones.  But the audience will soon be both relieved and disappointed, as the Cirque in Cirque du Soleil is here […]

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The Devils Are Here

The Marx Brothers’ best movies didn’t exactly hinge on their plots; as long as they could come up with a reasonable excuse to string together a series of hilarious scenes, it didn’t really matter how we got from one to the other.  The same is true of Cirque du Soleil, but instead of laughs they rely on […]

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Damn Everything But the Circus

The arrival of intermission at Cirque du Soleli’s Quidam comes as a somewhat disarming surprise. The classical circus feats and arena-worthy hippie tricks that make up the show are so packed with show-stopping moments that the dropping of jaws and clapping of hands becomes nearly perpetual. When the mid-show break occurs the applause does not crescendo. It […]

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