(Update: November 24, 2015)
The first Christmas spectacular appearing at the Times Union Moran Theater was “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” and it was/is the best show for 2015 thus far. The ratio of adults to children was approximately 5:1 nonetheless; “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” was the event that you shouldn’t have missed, if you weren’t there. Was this venue primarily meant for children or what?
The stage was so magnificently decorated. There were so many colors and props that it was hard to tell what was real versus what was actually part of the stage set. Costume colors are so vibrant that you’ll be mesmerized. Take a look at the slide show and link above to see what we’re talking about.
The acrobatic agility is sensational as two of the troupe members flew out over the audience like Peter Pan with only pieces of material wrapped around their bodies to assist their movements. The whimsical conductor, who interacted with some audience members, was very entertaining. Talk about audience participation, there is plenty that kept the crowd applauding, whistling and sending cheers of accolade back to every performer.
Some of the music is performed by two talented women and one man. They sang a lot of the festive songs throughout the performance which gave a captivating backdrop to all the aerial performers who spun themselves high in the air without the assistance of any safety nets. There is so much to see and hear that your senses may not be able to comprehend everything that is going on. Since it has been so hot in Jacksonville Florida, the artificial snow that drifted on stage was a welcome sight. The reindeer dancers look as if they were part of the Radio City Rockettes and they’re just as talented.
In this ensemble that came to JAX, the nations were represented across the globe with talent from: the United States, Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Italy, Mongolia and Ethiopia. Was that “Flight Crew” (finalist from the 2014 “America’s Got Talent” show) who was on the Moran Theater stage as the “Skipping Reindeeer”? Many of the astonishing acts may have been featured on AGT and similar TV variety shows across the nation. There were so many precision moves, balancing acts, twists & turns that attendees have never seen on any stage before. You would expect to see so much of the strength, skipping, tight-rope-walking and juggling that is part of “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” to be appearing in the theaters of Las Vegas.
Talk about death –defying stunts, this presentation has, and does it all. In the two act spectacle (with a 20 minute intermission) there were many costume changes that gave an array of breathtaking beauty. “Oh Holy Night” was next to the last song for the evening and flying angels, singers and live ornaments gave homage to Christ the King. To see if “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” is coming to a city near you click HERE and don’t miss your chance to see them. It’s so worth the time and cost of a ticket.