In glittering costumes spun of gold, an ethereal group of
performers leap across the set tumbling aboard an elongated
trampoline embedded in the stage. Like medievals warriors
penetrating the depths of a mythical forest, the tumblers not only
demonstrate their undeniable acrobatic prowess and strength, but also
their grace in a dance whose manner is unique to Cirque du Soleil.
Crafted with equal parts speed, danger and artistry, tumblers draped in gold
take off from solid ground and tumble along soft diagonal strips of trampoline
material installed flush with the stage, which has opened up to reveal a fantastic
display of athleticism as gymnastics alchemize into fine art as acrobats dressed
in royal gold flip with lightning speed. The illusion is one of golden birds
hovering in suspended flight. Debra Brown describes the creation of fast track as
something akin to groping your way through a pitch-black room at top speed.
"(Developing) fast track was a puzzle," she said. "There were lots of doubts. I
was constantly demanding the trust of the artists. They had no idea where I was
going with it. Sometimes, neither did I."
Accompanying the powerful Fast Track act is the song "Irna"
that includes a synthesizer bass line with the other instruments
intertwining with the basic theme. On the CD, a brass section
offers an off-beat blast that is uncommon for Cirque du Soleil
music. During the show, the "Irna" frenzy halts and the fast
track becomes a ballet track with the song "Valspena" that once
again features a passionate vocal performance by Francesca.
Joining The White Singer for the first time is her alter ego, The
Black Singer, played by Eve Montpetit. Their harmony on this
beautiful theme is spine tingling. But, just as the listener is
lulled into a trance, "Irna" returns with more power to complete
the Fast Track act's climax.