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Video montage of backstage training and scenes inside and outside the chapiteau.
http://m.youtube.com/?reload=3&rdm=me7x8844w#/watch?v=MmS8qf2b-3g

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It looks like the Bello Bros, Varekai icarian games, have left the show and they are back in Europe at the family circus. They will work as icarians and in an acrobatic-comedy act.

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Wow, that aerial hoop can really fly!

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Who the hell is singing in that video? It's cringe worthy. I'm sorry, but... dayum. Hoop looked great. The rest (other than Icarian Games) looked uninspired. IMO.

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I think it's Craig Jennings with Leysan Gayazova on cerceau.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o49i96LcA3U

Some quality footage of Varekai in Guadalajara. If you watch from the four minute mark you'll note that the Aerial Hoop act is being re-choreographed with Kero Hireyo instead of Transparanza. I will reserve judgment until I see the act in full but as much as I like Kero Hireyo I thought Transparanza was excellent for the act. I wonder if it will continue to be an act in rotation or whether it will become a permanent fixture in the place of the late Triple Trapeze act...I'm hoping for the latter!

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Video of the aerial hoop act, uploaded November 7th. Contrary to the previous post, it seems that aerial hoop did not get Kero Hireyo, but a different song. I'm looking forward to getting some more videos of the arena version of the show in the coming weeks. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW8qKWrcbIQ

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That footage is of Stephanie Gasparoli during Varkeai's North American Tour. The current performer is Katja Korstrom and the act is performed to Kero Hireyo.

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Oops, I feel like a dummy now. My apologizes :D

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No worries, I just clearly have been spending too much time roaming Cirque videos on YouTube!

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Review of the opening night in Montreal by the Montreal Gazette. The review seems pretty positive, but does criticize the clown acts (no shock there), a lack of momentum, and occasional lulls. It seems there is still a nice line up of acts presented in the show. The article lists (in no particular order): aerial net, aerial hoop, hand balancing, crutches, duo straps, juggling, baton twirling, icarian games, Georgian dancers, and Russian swings.

http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2013/12/21/varekai-is-flying-high-at-be...

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Baton Twirling?! I can only assume it is set to Lubia Dobarstan.

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Someone recently who saw the show under chapiteau said baton was to the water meteors song.

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Thank you

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really hope that for the arena staff and crew turn-over they get a great new PR person to maintain the facebook fan page. Quidam's for the North America run was great but lately I have found almost all of the official facebook pages to be under represented. Residential shows are the worst.

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Agreed, what happened to the facebook pages? La Nouba used to post photo updates of any changes to the show, theater, and even a "guess where this was taken" contest thing. Now it virtually never posts anything.

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I got the best seats for Varekai at Pensacola FL.
Section A - Row 1 - Seats 5-7 - March 22 7:30 PM
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Here are 3 videos from the last performance under the GC. I apologize if you suddenly see the empty stage or the ceeling. I wasn’t looking where I was filming since I had to be careful not to get caught by the ushers.

Handbalancing - Alona Zhuravel
www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0w8viZ_8F0

Cerceau - Katja Kortstrom
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9nibCvo_mc

Finale
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUk4DkFh4Ao

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Video by Paul Bannerman showing him playing during the Baton Twirling Act. You can see the act itself in the bottom-right part of the screen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R43cWXLibDc

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I have to ask, couldn't they have just gotten an adult performer to do water meteors instead of replacing it with something completely different?

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Not only does that act look rather boring, the singers are...how do I put this nicely....different. Sounds more like screeching, but to each their own.

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Probably because they wanted to reduce payroll. To pay one adult is cheaper than to pay three. And maybe a Duo or single Water Meteor act isn't exciting or doesn't exist? I dunno... Just throwing it out there. :)

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Footage of Flight of Icarus in Barcelona 2013 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfp3TE73-vc

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Footage from Windsor - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBdqmlrjEcg

Looks like the aerial hoop artist, Katja Kortstrom, has left and the act has been replaced by dance trapeze by Kerren McKeeman. I'm pleased because as much as I love aerial hoop it is nice to see dance trapeze in a Cirque show since it hasn't really been done properly by CDS yet. Other than the beginning of the swinging trapeze act in Kooza I can't think of any other time it has been used.

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Yeah, I like the addition of that too. How does the story work now though? Is the dance trapeze artist the one that kidnaps the Betrothed character? I see the Spider Goddess characters are dancing around her. Do they still do it even though they don't do triple trapeze anymore?

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I presume the Spider Goddess characters are now played by other artists. The Triple Trapeze performers left after Costa Rica. It would make no sense whatsoever to cut Triple Trapeze for financial reasons only to retain the same number of artists.

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Not all of the girls have left. Only the act was cut.

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I do like that they have a trapeze act now, I feel like it helps fill the hole of Triple Trapeze a little better. Plus, as long as I can still hear Kero Hireyo, i'm beyond happy. That is probably my favorite song in Varekai.

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I've found a video of the drummer playing Lubia Dobarstan, you can see the full baton twirling routine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R43cWXLibDc

Rehearsal footage of Varekai at Kingston, Ontario. It features interviews with the production manager, Varekai's publicist, the head of wardrobe and Kerren McKeeman (Trapeze artist)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu6JDwZ90Zc

It looks that they're struggling with putting the show into smaller arenas.

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