Saturday, October 23, 2004


On my way back from the "Cirque du Soleil" show. An amazing performance of incredible physical prowess. The kid in front of me was jumping up and down on her seat. She must have been about 5 or 6 years old, wide awake despite the late hour and in awe of the show. I see her head following the acrobats going up high under the "chapiteau". One of the performer "rolls down" a rope in which he has entangled himself. A sort of giant and vertical gift unwrapping. It's extremely impressive and terrifying. The little girl buries her head into her mom's lap until she is certain that all went well.
This spectacular act is followed by three young kids playing with ropes. It's stunning visually but does not seem so complicated. The applause is completely muted. I can't help but feeling sorry for them, cheated of recognition despite what surely amounts to hours and hours of practice.


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