Varekai emerges from an explosive fusion of drama and acrobatics. The impossible becomes possible in stunning displays of skill and power set against innovative music and otherworldly sets, interwoven with vivid choreography that speaks to all in the universal language of movement. The pendulum of time sweeps backward, paying tribute to the ancient and rare circus tradition of Georgian Dance and then catapults to the future with revolutionary twists on acts such as Russian Swings and Slippery Surface.
Varekai features an international cast of 50 performers and musicians from 19 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil Costume Fun Facts:• All costumes are custom-made and the majority are produced at the Costume workshop in the International Headquarters in Montreal, Canada.• The only facility of its kind in North America, it has over 300 full-time employees, including specialists in fields as varied as shoemaking, textile design, lace-making, wig- making, patternmaking, costumes making and millinery.• Each year, the Costume workshop artisans use more than 50 kilometres of fabric. 80% of all fabrics are treated and dyed in-house by the artisans of the textile design team.• Shoes are hand- and custom-made for all artists by the artisans of the Shoe Workshop. The leather pieces are dyed, trimmed and assembled on location. Brand new sports or dance shoes are sometimes altered to meet the specific requirements of a costume. Approximately 1,000 pairs of shoes are produced by the workshop every year.• Hats can be seen in every Cirque du Soleil show and are a key part of the costumes. Like the costumes, they are custom-designed and made in the workshop. To do this, precise measurements of each of the artist’s heads are taken by a portable scanner and the milliners build the hats with the help of 3D prints obtained with these figures.
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