One of the great things about OSU is the fact that it is located here in Columbus. As the capital of Ohio, it tends to be a major stop for most entertaining tours across the country. The other day a group of us MAcc students went and saw a personal favorite of these touring acts, Cirque du Soleil, and it was amazing. For anyone that has yet to see this astounding traveling show, Cirque du Soleil is basically a fancy circus. The main differences between this show and your typical “circus” are that Cirque du Soleil does not use animals and they tend to have a primary focus on acrobatic stunts rather than some of the other things you may see at a circus (you won’t see any motorcycles driving around in a big metal cage here). To be honest, I also find the clowns in this show to be more entertaining than your typical, “give children nightmares” kind of clowns from other circuses.
The brand name of “Cirque du Soleil” encompasses numerous traveling shows around the world, so specifically we saw the show entitled “Dralion.” Basically the theme of the show focused on the four elements taking human form, so they had acts that embodied wind, water, earth, and fire. One of the favorite acts of the group was the “wind” act called the Aerial Pas de Deux, which is described by their website as:
a languorous aerial dance. A couple, intertwined, flies over the stage in a long band of blue cloth. Within the cloth, they perform various acrobatic figures that demand great feats of strength and flexibility.
The other amazing acts included some mind blowing juggling, jumping through hoops, and trampolining… And yes, I just made up the word “trampolining” as in, the art of doing crazy acrobatic stunts on a trampoline. If this show or any of the Cirque du Soleil shows ever come to your town, be sure to go – it’s well worth it!