The word Varekai (pronounced var-ee-'kie) is Romani for “Wherever.” And from
that word, an idea: no matter where the wind carries you, you’ll always be home. The creators
started with a premise: What if Icarus hadn’t fallen into the sea? What if he had fallen
into a mysterious forest inhabited by strange beings? How would his life have changed?
As Varekai opens, Icarus falls to Earth. But with his fall comes renaissance – a chance
to be born anew. Thus begins a journey of self-realization. Along the path, Icarus
meets a bewildering cast of creatures and characters, some of whom oppose his bid
for greatness; others guide and support him as he strives once again to reach new
heights. In many ways, Varekai is a celebration of our collective desire to rise
above – free of our terrestrial ties. Where the myth of Icarus ends, Varekai begins.
In Greek mythology, Icarus was the son of Daedalus, an artisan commissioned by the
King of Crete to design a prison for the Minotaur. Daedalus built the Labyrinth.
Later, Daedalus helped two other prisoners – Theseus and Ariadne – escape from the
Labyrinth and in doing so, betrayed the King. Daedalus and Icarus were imprisoned
in a tower on an island from which there was no escape... or so the King thought.
Daedalus fashioned two sets of wings from feathers and wax for himself and his son.
Before their flight to freedom, Daedalus gave his son a warning: if you fly too
close to the sea, your wings will become too heavy for flight; if you fly too
close to the sun, the wax will melt. Alas, young Icarus was swept up by his own
excitement and pride and he forgot his father’s warning. He flew too close to the
sun. The wax melted, his wings came apart, and he fell to his death in the ocean
near the Island of Damos. Today, those waters are still known as the Icarian Sea.
For people around the world, Icarus is a symbol of youthful insouciance and arrogance,
but he also represents courage and our desire to excel.
But, unlike the Icarus of fabled tale the Icarus of Cirque du Soleil falls
into a fantastical world of good and evil, a place where he must redeem himself.
On this day at the edge of time, in this place of pure and undiluted possibility,
begins an inspired incantation to a life rediscovered and to a newly found wonder in
the mysteries of the world and the mind.
Varekai is a "tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus
tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion." The term is an homage not
only the acrobats that push their art to the extreme, but also a reminder to the
wanderers of ancient Europe.
|Premiere: ||April 24, 2002 (Bigtop)
December 13, 2013 (Arena)
|Type: ||Touring / Arena
|Finale: ||November 24, 2013 (Bigtop)
December 23, 2017 (Arena)
Nol Van Genuchten