The year was 2003. I was in Los Angeles visiting my oldest son, and we saw Cirque Du Soleil perform “Varekai.” Varekai is a word, from the Romany language, which translates to “wherever.”
Founder and chief executive Guy Laliberte welcomed us: “We hope this voyage into adversity, courage and brotherhood will inspire you and take you to ... Varekai.”
Dominic Champagne, writer and director, explained the performance we were about to see as “the joy of challenging limits.” He encouraged, “Let yourself be swept away by the courage and beauty of these acrobats, dancers and actors, who, every day, wherever the wind may take them, risk their lives trying to attain the sublime, to touch the sky, to defy the law of gravity and to dance in the fires of volcanoes so they can tell the world that something else is possible.”
As the show unfolded, we watched perfectly timed, well-choreographed, unbelievable, spectacular performances that at times took our breath away.
In addition, there were words of insight and inspiration: “The seeking is better than the sought. Life is subject to change without notice. Everything is possible if you just lose your mind to it. Take comfort in the chaos. Wander wonderfully. With a little luck, you won’t find what you’re looking for. Crisis is a rite of passage. Never share secrets with yourself.”
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