I'm still mesmerized by all that we saw last night at the Cirque du Soleil performance. Incredible. I'm sure I lost several years of my life when my heart nearly stopped as we sat on the edge of our seats and watched the two beautiful trapeze artists fly through the air and catch each other with their feet (yes, their feet). My pulse is at an unhealthy rate just thinking about it again. Then there was the Chinese pole performance, the juggling acts (Seriously, how can the human mind keep track of seven balls all at once?!), the boleadoras, and my personal favorite, the Russian Swing. There was so much happening on the stage at any given time that you couldn't watch it all.
This particular Cirque performance called Saltimbanco was created to be a traveling show and play in various metropolitan cities around the country. It will be at the Target Center in Minneapolis for 2008-2009.
Saltimbanco...explores the urban experience in all its myriad forms: the people who live there, their idiosyncrasies and likenesses, families and groups, the hustle and bustle of the street, and the towering heights of skyscrapers. Between whirlwind and lull, prowess and poetry, Saltimbanco takes spectators on an allegorical and acrobatic journey into the heart of the city. [It's a] show inspired by the urban fabric of the metropolis and its colorful inhabitants. Decidedly baroque in its visual vocabulary, the show's eclectic cast of characters draws spectators into a fanciful, dreamlike world, an imaginary city where diversity is a cause for hope. (Italicized portion stolen from Cirque du Soleil's official website.)
Thank you for the anniversary gift, Winn. It was perfect!
Before the show we had dinner with our good friends Ric and Melissa at Pizza Luce. It was tasty, but I'd have to disagree with its claim to "the best pizza in Minneapolis," although we did enjoy the urban atmostphere and the friendliness of our pink-haired, miniskirt-sporting, multi-pierced waitress.