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Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba shim John & Kristie

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shows :: Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba
UNBELIZEABLE VACATION DAY 2 :: ORLANDO, FL :: Kristie and I love Cirque du Soleil, and we're willing to travel across the country (and someday around the world) to see every one of their productions. I think we might be well on our way. There are currently 18 Cirque shows, and La Nouba was our sixth. If we spent a week in Vegas, we'd be able to check five more off of our list.

As we expected, La Nouba was amazing. Cirque du Soleil are masters at meshing art, acrobatics and amusement into their shows. For 90 minutes, we were in a state of joy, awe and wonder as we witnessed scenes we thought we could only imagine taking place on the stage right before us.

The stage is also an important part of the show and is just as impressive. It seemlessly animates with the choreography to create new spaces, reveal trampolines and nets, unleash a flood of performers, or swallow them whole. As in a dream, the horizontal becomes the vertical, the up becomes the down, and the laws of gravity are suspended.

There were many memorable moments during the show, but our favorite has to be the crossing power tracks, which are basically a pair of long, embedded trampolines that make an X across the stage floor. During this part of the show, the performers fly across the stage, bouncing and twisting all over and under each other at high speeds. We saw a version of this in Alegria and couldn't wait to see it again. We'd have to say La Nouba is our new second favorite Cirque du Soleil show, right behind Mystere.

After the show, we enjoyed walking through the streets of Downtown Disney, which sounds kind of cheesy, but it's actually pretty cool. There were lots of high-end shops, fancy restaurants, a mega-arcade, cinemas, and some happening night clubs. We didn't stay out all night to dance, as we had to wake up early the following day to reach our next destination: South Beach, Miami (cue Miami Vice theme music).

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