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Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba at Disney Springs Evolves

La Nouba has been going strong at Disney Springs for over 8,000 performances and 17 years, but don’t let their solid history and impressive longevity fool you. This contemporary circus that melds dreams with reality has recently introduced their first major change in 8 years, an infusion of new acts and a wash of brilliant colors, that revitalizes what was already a a feast for the senses.

B-Boys breakdancing at La Nouba

B-Boys breakdancing at La Nouba

Cirque du Soleil’s resident show in Orlando opens with an all-new act of B-Boys (break dancers). The international trio, Dmytro Li, Josh Ortiz and Jean Carlos Lloret, present a powerful, urban wake-up call in a show that melds dream with reality. Li, the “Flying Buddha,” was born in the Ukrane (former Soviet Union). Jean Carlos Lloret, aka Bebo, comes to Cirque from Boston by way of Puerto Rico. New Yorker Josh Ortiz is known as “Incredible Josh.” Their powerful and physically demanding routine was choreographed and introduced in a matter of weeks by the breakers themselves and Matthew Sparks, head coach and dance captain, and Daniel Ross, Artistic Director. Audiences will be amazed at their body-bending, beat pounding routine.

Alexander and Ekaterina Abramova, Bamboo Aerialists

Alexander and Ekaterina Abramova, Bamboo Aerialists

The most awe-inspiring change is the switch from the high wire act to the new Aerial Bamboo starring Moscow natives Alexander and Ekaterina Abramova. The performers balance, twirl, spin and execute a myriad of graceful, mind-blowing acrobatic maneuvers on a steel beam contraption (that was bamboo in its historical Chinese form)… all from HIGH above the stage floor. In one part of the act, Alexander holds Ekaterina by his teeth via a thin cable while she spins at blinding speed. Note: I had the opportunity to walk up IN “the grid” up inside the La Nouba theater recently, and “dizzying heights” doesn’t even begin to describe it,  much less being up that high AND spinning like mad!*

Even the song for it, Liama, is kept fresh as the talented Seloane Nkhela infuses varying inflections and melodic surprises to each performance. She also has the ability to improvise when necessary. As explained in a recent interview, her theater background “trained” her to expect a consistency in the performers. At Cirque du Soleil, anything can happen! If someone falls or jumps “too” high, it used to throw her off. Now she’s astute at filling in or adjusting to the necessary parts with her voice, creating riffs. “It’s really a scream, though” she says, amazed how the performers bounce back from intimidating “non-rehearsed” maneuvers.

La Nouba transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary, engaging the imagination from beginning to end with opulent sets, brilliant choreography, theatrical lighting and  provocative live music. See all the new performers in addition to the, musicians, vocalists, acrobats, jugglers, bikers, clowns and the rest of the acts that make La Nouba the premiere live entertainment production offered at Disney Springs. Your family, like mine, will be thrilled by the spectacle and wonder at the talent, the beauty, and creative explosion that is… LaKelly Green on Silks Nouba.

Visit their website for tickets and more information on their New Year, New Acts.

Contributor’s note: Not only did I get to go up in the grid at the La Nouba theater,
but I got the
chance to “fly” on the silks back stage. Coolest bucket list item
I didn’t even know was ON my bucket list!


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Brings VAREKAI to Orlando’s Amway Center

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show, Varekai, performs in Orlando at the Amway Center from September 17 – 21, 2014 for seven performances. After 11 years of touring the world under the blue and yellow Big Top,Varekai began a new adventure this past December touring arenas worldwide along with several new markets never visited before. Tickets on Now!

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world¾a 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 gypsies¾the 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.

Show Schedule:

Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.CIRQUEDUSOLEILVAREKAI

Thursday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 20 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 21 at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

TICKETS$35 – $150. Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.  All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 


Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges the official sponsors of the Varekai North American tour: XEROX, DHL and its presenting sponsor VISA Signature.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit www.onedrop.org.


From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil who celebrates its 30th anniversary this year has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over 40 countries on six continents.