Orpheum Theatre

Orpheum Theatre

Last night we attended a holiday production with the Phoenix Symphony, conducted by Keitaro Harada, and the Cirque de la Symphonie. We previously saw the two collaborate back in February 2011. We were not disappointed with this version featuring Christmas music and located in the Orpheum Theatre rather than Symphony Hall. Some of the artists were in the 2011 show and some were new to us.The evening’s performance started with one of the new to us artists, Christine Van Loo. She is a remarkable acrobatic aerialist. Vladimir Tsarkov once again entertained us with his juggling and mime. His wife, Elena Tsarkova, again displayed her graceful gymnastic ability as well as contortion skills. She amazed us with her lightning quick costumes changes. Once again we wondered how the guest conductor’s tux coat could move to her while rope encircled her neck and body and while her hands were bound behind her back. Vitalii Buza, a new to us performer, dazzled us with his moves using a Cyr wheel. Alexander Strltszov, also new to us, is an aerialist who can also keep us in awe with a spinning cube. Little Bolero Boy was the musical backdrop for the by former Polish national hand-balancing champions Jaroslaw Marciniak and Dariusz Wronski.  Gold plaited Jarek and Darek once again embodied an amazing example of muscular strength, agility, and balance in their routine. The holiday edition of the Cirque de la Symphonie entertained us by performing some traditional Christmas music such as selections from The Nutcracker with choreography that awed us with feats from highly developed human athletes.

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