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I just bought tickets for Varekai in Erie, PA, which has a small arena. The capacity for hockey is 6,500. While it should have a more intimate feel than larger arenas, it definitely could have an effect on the aerial performances, as mentioned in the video in post #31. This will be Cirque d Soleil's first ever visit to Erie.

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Trapeze act,
http://youtu.be/gKkfKQ_Y9F0
It's alright but the moves feel a bit similar to an aerial hoop act, I was expecting a longer and more unique act.

New Icarian troupe,
http://youtu.be/oZzX62xZwe0
The tricks are very good but transitions are a bit messy, the Acro-Icarian girls in the back get barely any attention compared to how they previously did.

And even though it's already on here
Batons(different angle and also catches a mistake)
http://youtu.be/wJCh1WJj6Bc
I personally like baton twirling, and Arisa is very good but there are some baton twirlers out there(probably also Japanese) who are much better, also the act is ridiculously short and they've only let her do three or four "acrobatic tricks", she could be doing a lot more than that.

All of these vids were filmed in Pittsburgh and feature the very talented Bass player.

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At least happy that Kero Hireyo and Lubia Dobarstan are still in the show. Arisa really is a talented baton twirler and I do actually like her act as well. I personally prefer water meteors and some of the other cirque baton twirlers (Ka, Zed) but it's still a pretty solid act.

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Sheesh, the current male singer really does suck. It sounds like he's singing with a mouth full of marbles.

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Oh, if we had LOVE buttons I'd make sure to press one for you Waiter.

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Footage of Slippery Surface(Acro-sport), I know that it's an act that's well known for boring tricks but this new group are pretty good, the tricks actually create a lot of tension and are technically well executed. I also like Sun-Drum Fun so it's nice to have an act that matches the energy of the song. I think that even though they dropped some acts, it's nice to see them remaster one of the originals and make it a highlight of the show.

http://youtu.be/z3yzBIn-cco

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New Arena trailer

http://vimeo.com/96080819

0:30 Love that part of Alona's routine.

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That's one of the best trailers to come out lately. Didn't like the hyper def pseudo-3D or the abstract filming angels of Quidam, Ovo, Totem or Amaluna's. Or the fact that they had to literally force the images of a living room or an island at sea. Glad to see this is clean and simple.

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Trapeze comes after Icarians, but with the same transition as with Icarians into Meteors. It's a bit strange when the Skywatcher yells into the hole onstage and then has to look up instead... I'm not sure if they were originally in this scene, but the Aerial Straps artists are now standing guard on The Betrothed's cell/chrysalis during the kidnapping. Spider Goddesses still do it although the solo trapeze artist assists a little bit.

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Recent arena footage

http://youtu.be/gB2GbzUkPCs

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo919lkQ3rk
50 minutes of footage. They're out of order, but great quality on audio and video.

By the way, I'm starting to hate Craig. Seriously, someone needs to replace him.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGbFIvlTa2E

1:25 has some in-show footage of new synchro tumbling

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That act actually looks really cool.

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Enderman: I agree with you wholeheartedly on Craig.

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Here's my impression of Craig singing: "AAAAAAHHHHHH YAYAAAAAA A RAAAARAAAAA RAAAAAA RAAAAAAA RAAAA"

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And I hope I don't sound blashphemous, but I think the acro tumbling act might actually be a little bit superior to the icarian games. While Icarian was probably one of the acrobatically best parts of the show, I never felt it had a whole lot of artistry in it. Other than the neat costumes, its just acrobats doing tricks and not much else to it. The tumbling team really livens it up with their body movements and whatnot.

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The Waiter: I totally agree! Do we have other clips?

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What I hate about Craig is the fact that not only does he sound bad singing, but that he looks COMPLETELY uncomfortable up on stage! All of his movements are SO out of character! He could at least try to make it look good!

Great impression, Waiter, btw.

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Have you ever seen Patrick McGuire in the role of John in Quidam? That's really hard to watch. I know he's an understudy in the role, but aargh! This was in 2013 in Raleigh. People seated near me were referring to him as the "Pee Wee Herman" character.
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Icarus and La Promise no longer do an aerial strap segment at the interlude to Russian Swing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qont3fnA05s

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Chill out ! Theres a brand new lady playing L'Promise so she's slowly being integrated in the show.

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Really? I miss Olga playing it. And the costume was better. But you know, that's life.

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Roma Ro Mo Ma, Ga Ga Ooh La La? :)

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Olga was quite a while ago...

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Yeah, time flies by...

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I just noticed in this video it looks like they redesigned the lizard character to red colors and making him similar to the acro tumbling costumes. I don't like this change. The old costume was much more badass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVLOyS9oKt8

I've also noticed they've changed the costume of one of the forest characters. The purple guy with the screw on his head is now more of a green and blue color.

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I just noticed in this video that it looks like the costume of the lizard has been changed to orange and red and looks partly like the new synchro tumbler costumes. I don't like this, the old costume was so much cooler looking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVLOyS9oKt8

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I've noticed in some new videos that they've changed the costume of the lizard. It now is red and orange and looks more like the acro tumbling costumes.

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Did Mathieu return to Varekai for a short period? I came across this icarian games video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TSnPlrLz3o. I found that the singer looks and sounds like Mathieu (doesn't sound like Craig's...interpretation), the video and audio quality is way to high for 2002-2003, the solo on crutches artist is using the current crutches rather than the ones used earlier in Varekai's run, and La Vigie is definitely not Gilkey.

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