Ever seen a Cirque Du Soleil show before? If not you are missing out. It's basically a bunch of kick-butt gymnasts, contortionists, strong men, jugglers, etc who dress in very funky costumes, speak in un-intelligible language, play almost hypnotically rhythmic music, all stuck in a oversized cirular tent. They totally blow you away at the things the human body can do.

Imagine one dude laying on his back on a special made chair with his back parallel to the ground and legs pointing in the air. Then imagine him juggling a person by their rear-ends and flipping him head-over foot. Here's a photo of these guys. Kind of hard to explain, you really need to see it in person to apprecaite it.

Last Friday my wife and I made the trip into Redmond (10 minutes) and caught the showing of Varekai. The "theme" of this show is based on the Greek Mythological story of Icarus. The show was pretty good, but I wouldn't say it was my favorite. I think of all the ones I've seen, "O" in Las Vegas blows the rest of them away. But, there is something to be said for the smaller venues.

Here's a breakdown on the acts for Varekai:

       Aerial Hoop
Aerial Straps
Body Skating
Clown Acts
Flight of Icarus (The)
Georgian Dance
Handbalancing on Canes
  Icarian Games
Russian Swings
Solo on Crutches
Juggling
Triple Trapeze
Water Meteors
Lightbulb

Overall a great show though and I'd highly recommend anyone in the Seattle area to try to catch this before the run ends in a few weeks. Definitely cheaper than flying to Vegas to catch one of the more unique ones...

-Joe