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REVIEW: Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal @ Matt Arena (Eugene, OR – 11/15/11)

16th Nov 11 (Wed) 1 comment

I love shows by Cirque du Soleil.  I also dig some Michael Jackson’s music.  A perfect combination?

The short of it: No, not a perfect combination in my opinion.

The stage set-up, lights and costumes, dancers, live band mixed with Michael Jackson vocal tracks was TOP NOTCH.

The usual acrobatics from a Cirque du Soleil show were a bit toned down.  Well, more than a bit… A LOT.  The intro spray can skit was great, the few aerial artists were awesome, the pole dancer was awesome (but seemingly out-of-place), and the dancing overall was awesome.  One of the dancers was one-legged… wild stuff.

But… I don’t think people tend to go to Cirque shows for “dancing.”

They played a great mix of MJ’s music.  The live band was top notch, though sometimes a bit over the top with the crazy rocking (it just seemed out-of-place).

My bottom line opinion: I had fun, but I think if you’re a Michael Jackson fan and have some money to blow… go for it.  If you’re more of a Cirque fan, I’d recommend saving your money for one of their other terrific shows.  For me, it was more of a “price tag” thing.  With that being said, I understand the price tag based on the number of people & sets involved.  I just don’t think the pay-off was up to past Cirque experiences.

~Dan – np: Chali 2Na – Fish Outta Water

Going to see Dralion tomorrow!

18th Jun 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

Well, Cirque du Soliel’s Dralion went on sale in Portland about a month and a half before it was even announced for Eugene.  After seeing my first Cirque show in Cincinnati (Quidam 2006), I think I said I’d go to any that came close; so a group of us bought tickets to see it in Portland.

Well, the shows at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene were last week… the Eugene Weekly posted some preview and performance photos on their blogs…click pics for more.

I’m sooooo stoked for tomorrow’s Dralion performance at the Rose Garden in Portland… :)

~Dan – np: Marc Ribot’s Ceramic DogParty Intellectuals

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