|Acrobats on the flying trapeze = not passé|
"...no words in our vernacular,
can describe this great event,
you'll be dumb with wonderment."
Acrobats, contortionists, even dancing bears...tonight's performance at the state circus could not HELP but remind me of Moulin Rouge, one of my very favorite movies. I didn't begin the night in a stellar mood. I am becoming jaded, I think. The Chinese acrobatic thing where they haul themselves up with strips of silk has become passé. The guy who did the balancing act with the big pot at Shanghai Circus World had a bigger pot, and everyone knows that size DOES matter. At least when it comes to pot balancing acts. And beyond all that, I paid for the freaking VIP seats, but they are NOT the front ones. They are big and cushy and the one I was sitting on was not broken (unlike the one I sat in for the international circus, but behind the front three rows. I am ALL about the front row, rock fans.
I've been to the circus three times now in as many months. Why did I go again, especially admitting the fact that I'm becoming bored with some of it? This circus was special. It wasn't the trapeze artists, which were, admittedly NOT passé. It wasn't the jazzy contortion number (actually, their jumpsuit costumes annoyed me), or even the woman who could twirl ten hula hoops at one time (the student who did that with three hoops at SUIS' talent show a couple years back would have been eating her heart out). I wasn't kidding about the dancing bears...this circus had animals. Which, I guess, means it wasn't supposed to be performed in the state circus building, which is a member of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, but somehow, here it was. There were not as many animals as were originally advertised by the UB Post, but I was most interested in seeing the bears, anyways.