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#412391 - 05/30/15 01:00 PM Cirque du Soleil - Varekai
exlabdriver Offline
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We had the pleasure of attending C du S Varekai in Victoria, BC a couple of days ago. Overall it was very well done production that was set up here in half of a modern hockey arena.

While the stage show was typical Cirque, what impressed me as much was their sound. All music & sound effects are live by vocalists an a small orchestra that produces big, big sound. The percussion was really explosive & clean that made me surmise that there was a good sound system behind the scenes. It seems that the percussionist is the only original cast member from 2002 when the tour started & he has never missed a show over all of this time - over 4400 performances:

http://www.pauljbannerman.com/My_Website/Home.html

On my way out, I stopped by the Control Board & talked to their Sound Man. He was really pleased that someone actually complimented his sound team on such a superb system. He stated that he was driving 2 sets of 4 X 18" subs with 12000 Watts plus a 2000 Watts or so for the mids & highs. This is not the largest system in the world but it sure did the job in that venue. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask him what brand of speakers that he was driving.

Highly recommended if you are on their 2015/16 North American & European tour - schedule can be found at the bottom of the page here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varekai

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#412393 - 05/30/15 01:45 PM Re: Cirque du Soleil - Varekai [Re: exlabdriver]
exlabdriver Offline
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I found a cool video on good ole YouTube of Bannerman in 2008 playing one of the most dynamic Varekai passages (my favourite of the show) wearing a helmet cam.

Two things to look for - at the top of the screen, the performers out front can be seen doing their thing. Listen for the excellent funky electric bass that I forgot to mention above:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWlKop2DlTA

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#412394 - 05/30/15 02:16 PM Re: Cirque du Soleil - Varekai [Re: exlabdriver]
exlabdriver Offline
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Another vid that begs to be played loud. Split screen with the finest baton work that I've ever seen; after all, she is World Champion:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R43cWXLibDc

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