A man and a woman take centre stage and begin a rhythmic dance. The sound of their stamping
feet grows gradually louder until their Latin beat resonates throughout the Big Top. In their hands,
they spin bolas - simple percussive instruments consisting of a weight attached to the end of a rope. The
weights hit the floor in an explosion of sound - first in unison, then in counterpoint to the performers' dancing
feet. This unique act brings together two complementary art forms and two astounding performers. One of
them is an accomplished Boleadoras performer while the otherr is an expert flamenco dancer. They have
shared their skills and created an entrancing number.
“A man and woman take centre stage and begin a rhythmic dance. The sound of their stamping feet grows
gradually louder until their Latin beat resonates throughout the world of Saltimbanco,” says Cirque du
Soleil and it is absolutely true. These performers spin Bolas, which are simple instruments consisting of
a weight attached to a rope. As the performers twirl the bolas, the weights strike the floor, which makes
their signature WHACK-WHACK-WHACK sound. Their stomping sets the tone as they rock the world and attempt
to bring order to the chaos that surrounds them. Or, perhaps, are they the ones that have unleashed it?
The accompaniment to the Boleadoras Flamenco act incorporates a percussion contraption that looks like
some sort of bizarre octopus. This assortment of synthesized drums includes MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital
Interface) connections that allow the percussionist to play various patches that enhance the performers' bolas
and tap shoes as they strike the miked stage. The Bola Girls dance and twirl and the pace becomes so intense
that the bola balls appear to be flying off of their strings as the percussionist seems to grow several arms
to keep up with the multitude of drum strikes.