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Cirque du Soleil: Varekai (2003)

The Cirque du Soleil creation telling the story of Icarus, whose wings melt when he flies to close to the run, sending him crashing into the volcanic and mysterious world of Varekai.

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Credited cast:
John Gilkey ...
Skywatcher / La Vigie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Octavio Alegria ...
Alexei Anikine ...
Russian Swings
Kevin Atherton Laprise ...
Aerial Straps / Body Skating (as Kevin Atherton)
Andrew Atherton ...
Aerial Straps / Body Skating
Helen Ball ...
Triple Trapeze / Body Skating
Musician (Drummer) (as Paul Bannerman)
Roni Bello ...
Icarian Games
Stiv Bello ...
Icarian Games
Cinthia Beranek ...
Triple Trapeze / Body Skating
Vasyl Besha ...
Icarian games / Body Skating
Sergiy Bobrovnik ...
Russian Swings
Claudio Carnerio ...
Mooky Cornish ...
Michel Cyr ...
Bandleader / Keyboards


Icarus is the main character of Varekai, who falls to the ground, breaking his legs as he does. He is suddenly in a strange, new world full of creatures he has never seen before. "Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered." Assisted by the strange and quirky La Vigie, he works on regaining his strength and finding his way, his desire being to fly again. While on the ground, he meets The Betrothed, an underground, insect-like creature who he falls in love with. The two have barely met when she is kidnapped. Having already lost his love, Icarus must also find a way to see her again and conquer the obstacles in his path, continuing his quest through Varekai. Written by Tea

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14 June 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Циркът Солей Варекай  »

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According to Cirque Du Soleil, "varekai" means "wherever" in Romany. See more »

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The best of Cirque du Soleil!
16 May 2004 | by (Redlands, California) – See all my reviews

I absolutely loved Varekai the very first time I saw it. I'll admit that I wasn't much of a fan of the artsy circus world at first, but now I'm totally fascinated with it! The makeup is awesome (and at times can make some of the characters quite sexy!) and the costumes are fabulous! Not to mention the fantastic acrobatics and occasional funny moments. Varekai is by far my favorite of all the Cirque shows. I only wish it could've come here to my hometown. Oh well, I bought it on DVD so I can watch it whenever I want. I even got a few of my co-workers hooked on it. Of course Varekai is their favorite as well! Go figure. I'll make them all Cirque fans if it kills me. All in all I highly recommend it!

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