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Has anyone heard anything about Jamieson's integration into the show? He posted near the beginning of March that he joined Varekai, but recent videos online of Varekai still show Craig (ugh).

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I don't think the Sky Watcher has any bigger acrobatic part in the act than this clip shows - but here he is with Cyr Wheel. https://www.instagram.com/p/BEt_E25xPME/?tagged=cirquedusoleil

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woooaah when did he get added to that?

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The act got added as a replacement for the juggling act for the first time in Antwerp. Apparently it's hard to find a good juggler and not so hard to find somebody who can spin in a wheel. Same song though.

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Icarus rolls around stage a bit in the two wheeled 'mancycle' as well which was a great paring.

I saw recently Cyr Wheel was also in Amaluna - How long's that one been around?

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I think it was added in 2014 some time towards the end of the US tour. It's been there for a while now, performed by Olivier Sabourin.

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It's very sad though that because of this, they cut the opening with the fireflies of the second half and the show directly starts with slippery surface. The story makes less sense that way.

Amaluna doesn't have cyr wheel anymore!

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They must have got rid of it very recently. I saw it in Paris and I think they had it in London.

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Jamieson's finally in! :D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbOr0dBihrA About half the video is a night with Jamieson, and half is one with Craig. All the shots taken from the balcony are Jamieson, and all the shots taken from orchestra-level seating are Craig. This video also shows pretty much all of the cyr wheel act, and HOLY CRAP it's such a mess!

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I like the air track act and am ok about solo trapeze and batons but wow this shows line up has changed a lot. No more icarian games, water meteors, juggling, or triple trapeze.

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Since when juggling has been taken out?

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Are we sure juggling is completely out or that cyr wheel was just a rotating in for it in the video?

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Picture of Jamieson in the show
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFV8e2wsuGp/

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Now if only we could get rid of Isabelle Corradi, the music portion of this show would be perfect again. Unfortunately I don't see her going anywhere anytime soon...

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Amen! Isabelle needs to go too. Also the lyrics and sounds have changed quite a bit in Varekai. Yeah I get music evolves quite a bit, I am a musician myself. If you watch other live videos of Cirque shows, they're pretty consistent. Varekai on the other hand, well i've seen the show over 10 times and the lyrics and words were different every time.

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I actually like Isabelle in the show. She isn't as good as Zara was,but she does do pretty well with the show. She has changed so much with the shows adding in new music and all the changes the the show. Why do you guys want her to leave and if she were to leave who would you guys think should fill in in for her?

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I personally find her voice to be too screechy for my tastes, nails on a chalkboard perhaps. I mean, she is definitely not the worst Cirque singer (Nancy anyone?) and I did enjoy her when I saw Varekai, but the show deserves better.

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It's true. She truly was at her best in Saltimbanco (as in, VERY good) and was definitely one of the better singers in Alegría's history, but I've always found her not to fit well in Varekai. Her voice is, in my opinion, not calm or soothing enough for Varekai, whereas in Saltimbanco her voice had enough edge for it to work. Heck, even for Alegría! But for Varekai, I think Violaine envisioned the female singer part to be powerful yet tranquil at the same time, and I think Isabelle just doesn't bring that to the table. Not saying she's a horrendous singer by any means, but she's just not meant for Varekai.

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I feel like she's too soft and mute. She also seems to trail off at the end of verses too much. But she's by no means awful. She's atleast better than Craig who just sounded like he was bearly tryig to sound out the lyrics or stay on key.

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I actually enjoyed Craig...he brought a very raw energy in his voice, which fit what Violaine originally wanted for the role (a Bulgarian folk singer, very harsh/sharp style of music). Mathieu came in just a few months before premiere when the folk singer couldn't get into character.

That being said...I wish Jamieson would go back to the original lyrics Mathieu used to sing for the Icarians/acro act!

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https://youtu.be/ESw4ixQpLXA?t=5m32s
I guess it could just be rehearsal, but it's pretty interesting.

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I've been wanting to see a video of Cyr Wheel to see how it fit into the show.

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Everyone's favorite act, lol. Is this permanent or an act in rotation?

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I love how he spins! We literally never see that in any other Cyr Wheel acts and I mean NEVER.

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Jesus this has got the be the biggest misuse of this act yet. The music does not fit AT ALL. In Corteo, this act works so well because the music is gorgeous and moves with the wheels so well. Ugh, whatever...

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Oh Jesus Christ not another one!!!!....come on Cirque...there are other acts out there besides Cyr Wheel you know..

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Hasn't cyr wheel been in the show for most of this year now ...?

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Now that you think of it, It has been in the show for quite some time. I can't tell if it's a reserved act for when juggling isn't available, a replacement for juggling or both!

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