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I swear on Dancing Ants I hear 'Helps to be at home, helps to be ahead, helps to be above me' and later 'happens to be/me on the hardest day'. Any one else have interpretations? Heh.

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I thought it sounded like "Sucks to be a ho."

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OMG, Waiter, me too. LOL. I hear "Hurts to be a hoe, just to get ahead. Hurts to be above me." I also hear, "I feel it in my bones somedays" We need the lyrics asap to stop this craziness Cool

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Hehehe I heard one of the lyrics in "Dancing Ants" as "Helps to be a black man." I strongly doubt that's the real lyric, though! 

I do very, very much wish Cirque had included lyrics with this album. Some of the music is just so gorgeous and I'd love to be able to sing along, especially to "Inside Me."

Speaking of "Inside Me" I am absolutely dying at that song! The last two minutes especially are so sweeping, huge, dramatic, and beautiful. Having not seen the show in person yet, is the ending of the song, with the dark string synths and Camilla singing, in the show? I assumed yes, but in the live audience recording of Volta on YouTube from user MasterOfTime (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zroFAIjt6sg), the live song seems to end before my favorite portion of the entire studio album begins. Can anyone clarify? 

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Found this on YouTube - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhOH1E_yaRM

Half hour CBC interview special about Volta.  Seems to mainly with the BMX guys.  Enjoy :)

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A number of artists have left the show during the Toronto run or just had their last shows now that the city is over. I'm guessing most were one year contracts that included time spent in creation of the show. The Trial Bike and Basketball's artists are the only soloists I know of. The basketball artist wrote a message on his instagram - "Unfortunately I've decided not to continue the tour in the US, due to not coming to an agreement on the permanent contract offer from Cirque Du Soleil". I didn't love this act for the show so I am curious if a new discipline will fill its spot. 

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I didnt get to see Mike Evolutions basketball act here in Montreal, but I feel like although it was cool, it was not the best fit for this shows flow. I mean, there was already the baton twirling and juggling act, so this was just filler anyways. Just my 2 cents.

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I saw it in Toronto. The act was good and all, but I can't say I was capable of being wowed after being spoilt by the previous year's football freestyle in Luzia.

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A couple of changes for tonight’s dress rehearsal: Duo Unicycle has replaced Basketball Juggling, and is no longer performed during Hall of Equals segment, instead Batons is performed during Hall of Equals. The whole Trial Bike-Skating-Ring act aka Globetrotters has been cut from the show as Trevor, the specialist, has left Volta.

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It's a good thing Globetrotters wasn't in the soundtrack when the album was released.

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Why did Trevor leave the show? From interviews and social media posts, it seemed like he loved it.

I feel like Batons is not the right act to replace during Hall of Equals, music is too epic and it just doesnt seem to blend preoperly.

Also, any talk of the DVD they supposedly filmed?

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Nothing more than a potential release in Miami...

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A number of artists left durring the last city at what I suspect was the end of a 1 year contract that being in the creation months. That operatic singing and the full height of the lifts during trial bike was unique. It's a small but pretty interesting moment in the show that I think could be the right place for Batons. I think we can all agree the show needed and still needs a shake up in some elements to bring that breath of fresh air to it like Luzia had. They have yet to find the right discipline to fill that 'Hall of Equals' moment...The music gives so much glory and the stage is so dramatic I think an act like Fire Knife from Alegria is needed.

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Man, batons has been shoved left, right, and centre in this show. First during Free Spirits, then as a setup to to BMX (which I feel was totally unfair to the artist — she was completely shoved to the side and unfocused on), and now during Hall of Equals.

Has nothing replaced trial bike?

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Pure speculation but is it possible Trevor’s contract didn’t get renewed knowing that there’s a bunch of La Nouba artists needing repatriation, including a trial bike artist? And if that were the case then this month there‘d Be no replacement until La Nouba finishes at the end of the year? Again, no evidence but just surprised that they would remove a seemingly flagship act of the show for no reason. 

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La Nouba diabolos would be perfect for Volta! Too bad minors on tour is long gone. If they're going to use batons in the hall of equals can they at least give her an alternative costume to that fringed tennis skirt thats also the same color as a tennis ball. The rest of the stage has way too different a tone and color pallet going on for it.

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Jennifer, the Batons artist can also perform with batons on fire, I think by adding fire to the act it would come more cohesive with the music...

https://instagram.com/p/BX3vGUgDOW0/

They really need to get this onstage!!!

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That would be perfect! Next stop - New costume!

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Couldnt't agree more with Colton, Allxvita and A1Federation. She is pretty damn good and shoved here and there and sometimes focus on her is lost, mind you that happens quite a bit in Volta (focus being lost due to so much activity on stage at once).

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Looks like highwire is back in the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Az-Sg97dGo. I imagine either as a rotation act or a replacement to trial bike.

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Got my ticket for its run in Tampa today. Can't wait!!

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Just saw Volta yesterday.

Regarding that highwire clip. What you see there, is all the highwire in the show. It's not a full act, just that one minute. I can't recall exactly when it took place, but it's in the first Act, probably the first 30 minutes. Might be from the early Quid Pro Quo segment. Can't remember exactly though.

 

Overall show thoughts: Cirque took a very different route, and while the artistry doesn't match their output from the 90s (Volta's sensory overload does not equal artistry), it was still a fun watch. Narrative and characters were fine. Nothing special, but leagues above Ovo. None of the acts gave me the wow factor of Kurios' mirrored chair stacking, although the BMX finale came close, and ranks as one of Cirque's best finales. Many of the acts (Unicycle, Ladders, Hair Levitation Girl) did little for me. M83's soundtrack was mixed. Two or three fantastic tracks made up for otherwise generic sounding techno. I was surprised when the first act ended without a clown act, but I enjoyed the psychedelic-plant bit in Act 2. Could have done without his butt in my face though. The one thing Volta did, better than every other Cirque show I've seen, is the lighting. Between the mobile street-lamps, the LED strips throughout the tent, and the larger lighting infastructure I studied at intermission, Volta's lighting is the best I've ever seen from Cirque. It was just shy of going overboard.

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There wasn't a clown act in act 1? No "washing machine" act? Interesting to hear about highwire. Do you think you would be able to do a detailed review at any point? I would love to hear how the general structure and course of the show is now, 3 months since I last saw it.

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Sure, I’m down to talk about Volta (or anything Cirque). No clown act of any type in act 1. Waz’s Cohost only appeared in the Quid Quo Pro scenes during act 1.

 

I also want to note my surprise that Volta visited Miami so early in it's run. Normally we are the last top for the GC before it goes overseas. This year, first city after Canada (I think?). Can't say I mind the change...

 

EDIT: I can confirm all the changes to the show that Allxvita reported on the 15th. And just to clarify some act ordering, it went from Hoop Diving, to the nearly-naked clown act, staright into hair levitation. Unicycle is I believe the first act after the opening Quid Pro Quo. Also, not sure if Volta was doing this from the start, but it's new for Cirque; for the bows, each of the 6 or so prominent characters get a chance to bow in the audience, off the stage, and the entire cast sort of walks through the tent before returning to the stage for final bows. Also, Thomas Hubener was the clown for my show. Apparently he's the backup, could've fooled me, I thought he was mostly great.

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I love Hair Suspension. I think its sublime and the rare gem in the show in terms of talent and presentation that compliment and make each other stronger. The show appears to still be going through an identity crisis of the act line up. When they don't know what to do with numbers like unicyces and batons, I'm afraid that's your sign that they're generic and can just be thrown in anywhere with any music... No clear intention of what they want from the performance. I'm really happy to see that high wire is back in, it really adds the timeless circus magic seeing him between the masts. Glad to hear the show has definite strengths though after such vanilla big top shows like Amaluna and Ovo.

Here's an amazingly well filmed colaboration of skipping ropes, unicycles and bikes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDZ63ChiNwA

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One more thing to add about my Volta show on the 24th. In one of the second half acts (my best guess would be the hoop diving), the guitarist was jamming out to Jingle Bells. Thought it was a really nice touch.

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The Slacklining happens as a transition in the Parkour act as they change set pieces. Unicycle Duo occurs when the Free Spirits are first introduced. I agree that the lighting design & set up is actually really good & effectively used. The storyline is also really well established & acts like the Flatland Ballet duo really give it emotional weight. That & the Hair Suspension, to me, are the most well put together acts. It’s definitely a male & testosterone heavy show complete with whooping & chest pumping So those moments definitely help to give the show more diversity in energy. 

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Stumbled upon some cool Volta footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgT5xzWCKvg

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That's a really well filled stage for duo unicycles! Something sorely lacking in the newer shows. There's currently no back up skater for Ella/Leader of the free spirits so the character just dances if the lead is out. Hope they fix that soon!

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