Cirque du Soleil / Alegria : 5 of 5
I had never seen a Cirque du Soleil performance before, but I knew I was in for something amazing! They set up their circus "tent" (which is a completely custom stage designed for this show) in the old Austin airport parking lot, which was a great use for that space. I can't even begin to describe the show - of course, there are plenty of circus acrobats, such as trapeze artists, balancers, tumblers, and even a fire dancer. The elements that set apart Cirque du Soleil are costumes, music, and symbolism. Every performer is decked out in elaborate costumes, all involving make-up and wigs, making the whole visual experience surreal. The music is all live - there's a huge band with tons of great percussion and energy, plus an amazing live singer wandering about the stage. The "light and dark" symbolism is very apparent - as if each beautiful performer has a grotesque or dark counterpart. The show kept me completely on edge and screaming - it was truly spectacular!