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February 25th, 2009
I am always a bit suspicious of publicity that compares its product to some world renowned version of that same product. In this case, Le Grand Cirque has been billed as “The Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil”, the world famous circus from Montreal Canada. To be fair, the actual phrase came from some magazine or newspaper, Southern Times, and it appears that Le Grand Cirque is not trying at all to feed off the fame of their Canadian counterpart.
If this topic interests you, read on and be sure to see the videos at the end of the Post.
Unless you are visiting from another planet, you most certainly have seen Cirque du Soleil either in person or on cable. It is they who certainly changed the very definition of Cirque style productions. Saying that, I must admit I get really annoyed at the artsy-fartsy stuff they throw at you. I am talking about goofy (to me) music, stupid costumes of those… how can I describe them… weird people who seem to not add a thing to the show. They do not perform… they just sort of exist and make stupid faces. OK… I am culturally challenged. Give me the action! I want to see what I paid to see… the incredible acrobats, the clowns… the whole magilla.
So this weekend, I am surprising Maria Luisa by taking her out to dinner and a show… in this case the show is Le Grand Cirque currently making a run at the Palacio de Los Deportes (Sports Palace) in Heredia. I can safely say I am surprising her as she never reads my blogs and, so far as I know, neither does anyone she knows.
Much has been written about the cost of living here. Let me be the first to say that the overall price increases of the past five years have not left cultural events in their wake. Tickets for this show, (called entradas in Spanish), run an incredible $73.00 per seat! Add even a modest dindin for my wife and me and we are looking at a about a $200.00 night out. Sadly… as I am married, I cannot even be assured of getting lucky. Sigh…
There are cheaper seats, of course… $38.00 if you choose to sit with the common people. the hoi polloi, or in Spanish… la chusma***. However, even at $38.00 a seat, that is a truly expensive evening out for the average Tico family with a couple of kids. I paid the extra tariff because as I said, I want to see and be near the action. We also do not go out all that often. *** DO NOT write to me about that comment! It was supposed to be FUNNY! Sheesh!
Anyway… Here are some videos that may interest you.
Le Grand Cirque Promo Video
Le Grand Cirque – Strongmen in action
The Guy who plays with the Huge Cube – Neat but I do not know why!
Le Grand Cirque Video from Australia
They usually have rules about taking cameras into the show, but if possible, I’ll get some shots to add here.
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