Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top Opens at Dodger Stadium with “Volta”

Cirque du Soleil fans impatient to see their upcoming show Drawn to Life coming to Disney Springs this March have the opportunity to see their first sports-inspired show Volta under the Big Top at Dodger Stadium right now.

Cirque du Solei’s VOLTA

[AllEars.Net was invited to a preview of the show with no restrictions on opinions or viewpoints.]

With an overreaching theme of Transformation, Volta follows the journey of Waz–a cubicle dweller whose monotonous existence amongst the isolated, technology-dependent Greys is upended by an encounter with the Freespirits who illustrate a lifestyle free from the shackles of rules and expectations.

Mr Wow, Credit Matt Beard, Costumes by Zaldy Goco
VOLTA MEETING ELA Photo credit Michael Kass, costumes by Zaldy Goco
Unicycle, Credit Matt Beard, Costumes by Zaldy Goco

As the show progresses, Waz must rediscover the individual he was and find the courage to accept his differences and share them with the world.

VOLTA BREAKTHROUGH Photo credit Michael Kass, Costumes by Zaldy Goco

While the show lacks the elaborate set pieces found in the Cirque spectacles that have their own permanent installations, there is no lack of spectacular performances of incredible physical strength and agility.  The acts traditionally found in their shows such as aerial performances and tumbling are interspersed with performances inspired by urban streets sports, such as double-dutch jump roping and BMX acrobatics.

VOLTA Aerial Straps
VOLTA MIRAGE Photo credit BenoitZ Leroux, costumes by Zaldy Goco
VOLTA BMX Photo credit Matt Beard, Costumes by Zaldy Goco

While the acrobatics are easy to appreciate, the storyline is a little harder–Cirque shows are always a little abstract and Volta is no exception.  While details for the plot have clearly been well-developed in all the supporting materials for the show, I would not have picked up on much of it from the first viewing.  Still, if you’re not looking for an extensive narrative and want a night out to be amazed at how much more coordinated and in-condition people can actually be, Volta is a fun bet.

Volta is performing under the Big Top at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles through March 8, 2020 and at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa March 18 through April 19, 2020.  Tickets, starting at $49, are available for purchase by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783).

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Jeanine resides in Southern California, pursuing the sort of lifestyle that makes her the envy of every 11-year-old she meets. She has been to every Disney theme park in the world and while she finds Tokyo DisneySea the Fairest Of Them All, Disneyland is her Home Park... and there is no place like home.

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