Varekai: Cirque du Soleil in Winnipeg

By Susie Parker

Wednesday, June 24 the MTS Centre was transformed from a hockey rink into another world by the Cirque du Soleil experience of Varekai.


Varekai (pronounced ver·ay·’kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies—the universal wanderers. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne, it is the story of Icarus brought to life in the spirit and inspiration of Cirque. The sights and sounds emerge from an explosive fusion of drama and acrobatics. The impossible becomes possible in stunning displays of skill and power set against innovative music and otherworldly sets, interwoven with vivid choreography that speaks to all in the universal language of movement. The pendulum of time sweeps backward, paying tribute to the ancient and rare circus traditions of Icarian games and Georgian dance. Varekai then catapults to the future with revolutionary twists on such acts as Russian Swings and Slippery Surface.

Varekai features an international cast of 50 performers and musicians from 19 different countries.

The Winnipeg run of this show goes till June 28. Do not miss this breathtaking show. Tickets available at

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