We went this weekend to experience CIRQUE ZÍVA at The New Victory Theater and it was quite an experience! I lost track of how many times I yelled out “Wow!”, “Amazing!”, “Awesome!”. The kids probably thought I was annoying but they were wowed as well! We couldn’t believe how brave these acrobats were from Hebei Province in China. I heard a mom talking during intermission about a documentary she saw about how talented acrobats are chosen early on and train for thousands of hours to be able to perform these contortions, stunts and performances. Seeing them live, on stage, so nearby in Times Square made me feel like I was introducing the kids to a global talent pool that is worthy of praise. These young men and women can do things with their bodies – their unbelievable skilled muscles – that defies gravity and I could never image doing with my body – ever. My daughter was amazed with one acrobat who stacked chairs almost to the ceiling, climbing to the top and balancing in handstands, legs split apart… it was a slow, methodical and remarkable scene. He deserved the applause he received. They all did!
In addition to be in awe of their talent and the clear dedication they have given in their life to perform for us, the costumes, sets, lighting and music were a spectacle all on their own. The first half ended so quickly. When it was time for the intermission, I was surprised that the hour was so packed full of entertainment it was time to stretch. And I saw a friend in the audience. You will too as it’s so easy to get to and the price is right. Click to their website for prices. The show is running through January 4, 2015.
Also, this Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7 PM, in collaboration with Autism Friendly Spaces, there will be an autism-friendly performance of Cirque Ziva that is modified to accommodate and support the sensory, social and emotional needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The modified performance is one hour with no intermission.