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Bid adieu to the traditional circus and trade your shrill screams of clownterror for elegant murmurs of approval at a sophisticated European-style circus. With today's Groupon side deal, $21 gets you a ticket to see Cirque Le Masque's Carnivale at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on November 28 at 8 p.m., a $35 value. Grab your acrobatic aunt and awe-struck nephew and overwhelm your senses with a colorful, energetic show that will delight easily bored tots and circus-phobic adults alike.
Carnivale follows the story of young Moira, a world-weary city girl desperate to retreat to a more exciting locale. She is thrust into the fantasy that is Carnivale in Rio de Janeiro, full of rich rhythms, comic characters, and gravity-defying aerialists. Amid a wash of dramatic and colorful lighting, athletic and bendy performers fly through the air without a net, swinging on the trapeze and twirling above on silk ribbons. Contortionists redefine the limits of the human body, while technically proficient dancers interpret the music in an emotional display that brings epiphanic conclusion to your years of soul-searching.
Cirque Le Masque is a no-animal circus, so animal lovers can rest assured that Cirque Le Masque isn't paying their animals less than minimum wage, and the animal-indifferent won't have to look at any furry, clawed, or alarmingly sharp-jawed creatures. Splitting a pizza with human performers is easier to imagine , and their death-defying talents are all the more impressive when you imagine yourself in their shoes.
When Cirque Le Masque visited Boston, critics raved:
- Cirque le Masque’s Carnivale is a stunning performance, filled with laughter, intrigue and amazement. – Gina Fraumeni, Blast
- Grace and beauty are the hallmarks of the show. Sisters (and Vermont natives) Serenity Smith Forchion and Elsie Smith put on a synchronized "Dualing Silks" act that defies gravity with balletic ease; later on, they return to the stage to dazzle with a display of "South American Duo Trapeze," almost casually swapping gravity as they flip and spin. – Kilian Melloy, Edge
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