Video and pics: Cirque du Soleil to bring Varekai tour to Birmingham

Cirque du Soleil is set to bring its first-ever UK area tour of its signature production, Varekai, to Birmingham.

Video and pics: Cirque du Soleil to bring Varekai tour to Birmingham

Cirque du Soleil's Varekai - coming to the Genting Arena in March

The critically-acclaimed show, updated and featuring new acts yet to be seen in the UK.

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organisation providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 4,000 employees, including more than 1,300 performing artists from nearly 50 different countries.

They have performed before more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities in more than 60 countries on all continents.

The company is set to perform at the Genting Arena between March 1 and 4 next year.

The story of Varekai:

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world – a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.

The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure, both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of pure and undiluted possibility, begins an inspired incantation to a life rediscovered and to a newly found wonder in the mysteries of the world and the mind.

The word Varekai (pronounced ver·ay·’kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies - the universal wanderers. Directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai.

See a trailer of the show here:

Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at 9am, with tickets priced from £45.

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