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Cirque's 'Volta' Jolts Dodger Stadium

by Kevin Taft
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Jan 29, 2020
A scene from Cirque du Soleil's "Volta"
A scene from Cirque du Soleil's "Volta"  

Cirque du Soleil's latest traveling show "Volta" (and their 15th show in Los Angeles) charges up Dodger Stadium with a jolt of electrifying music, sound, and death-defying stunts.

Taking a cue from street sports and free spirits, "Volta" tells a story of a young blue-haired man named Waz who uses his talent as a dancer to try and win a big reality show. When he opens himself up to the world, he finds himself being judged and he starts to doubt himself. Throughout the two-hour acrobatic show, Waz will meet the Greys — people more obsessed with celebrity and their cell phones rather than authenticity — and the Freespirits who welcome Waz and show him how to find himself again.

The two acts of "Volta" thrust the audience into a spectacular world of physical stunts and sweeping athleticism that showcase a healthy spirit of life and wonder. From the simplicity of a roller-skating, a flight aboard an Acro Lamp, the joyful twists and turns on a Trampowall, to a BMX bike finale that wows, there's never a dull moment as Waz tries to awaken his inner confidence.

While many acts are impressive, the Urban Jungle acrobatic number, where participants jumped through shape cut outs, got the crowd on their feet when one of the participants missed his mark a few times and asked for a redo. When he finally succeeded the difficult stunt, the audience jumped to their feet. It was strangely exhilarating and kept on par with the theme of the show.

One of the most stunning is the Mirage sequence where a beautiful aerialist (Vanessa Ferreira Calado from Brazil) dances through the air connected to a rope only by her hair. It was breathtaking.

Andrey Kislitsin from Russia was the requisite clown of the show, skipping around daintily using his musculature to perform sequences involving some testy washing machines and a beach-Dad bully.

The entire production is performed to ethereal and heart-pumping music composed by M83 band member Anthony Gonzales with vocals performed live by Eric DeShan of the US and Camilla B├Ąckman of Finland.

The gorgeous costumes that resemble sort of an 80s "Mad Max"/"Hunger Games" vibe are designed by Emmy Award winder Zaldy Goco who has worked with Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and even RuPaul's Drag Race.

This is a Cirque show that will speak to audiences of all ages, but most certainly to those in their twenties and thirties still trying to figure themselves out as they revel in the fun of life while navigating their place in the world.


"Cirque du Soleil's Volta" plays under the Big Top at Dodger Stadium through March 8, 2020. It will continue in Costa Mesa from March 18th — April 19th, 2020. For tickets and info visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta or call 1-877-9CIRQUE.

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.


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