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Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba”

Klynn and I don’t typically cover “touristy” things too often because…well, that’s not the point of our blog! But sometimes there are some touristy things right under our noses that are too good, yet we don’t even realize it.

Courtesy of Yelp! Orlando*, last night we had the opportunity to experience Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba” show, at Downtown Disney. We’d both seen the show before, but believe us it’s just as good the second time-a-round (and probably the third, fourth, fifth….). Seriously, if you’ve never seen “La Nouba”, or any Cirque show for that matter, you’re really missing out. Yes, tickets are a bit pricey, but during non-peak seasons they often run deals for local residents. I can assure you, though, you will appreciate spending the money.

Cirque du Soleil has its roots in Canada but has multiple shows across the US. “La Nouba” found its home in Central Florida nearly a decade ago. I first saw it about eight years ago, and was awstruck. There are a few things to keep in mind when you see “La Nouba”:

  • There’s alot going on. You probably won’t catch everything but be sure to look everywhere…up, down, in front and behind!
  • The music is live! Yes, there’s a full band (look closely) and amazing vocalists.
  • It’s funny, moving, and bizarre.
  • These performers are hella talented!
  • There are no tricks – it’s all real.

Of course, cameras/photography isn’t allowed in the Cirque venue during performances, but I did manage to catch some photos towards the end of the show:

Cirque du Soleil's "La Nouba"
Cirque du Soleil's "La Nouba"

Here’s a spoiler (don’t hit play if you don’t wanna see it):

Wanna find out more about Cirque du Soleil and/or “La Nouba”? Check out their website or Follow them on Twitter.

* We received complimentary tickets for this show. Thanks, Yelp!

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Comments

  • Klynn
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    Great Post, @akeorlando! Last night was my fourth time seeing La Nouba and I thought it was just as great as the first!

    One new and incredible addition to the show is Juggler Anthony Gatto. I’d read somewhere that they added a juggler, but I couldn’t have imagined how amazing this guy would be and how perfectly he would fit into an already-spectacular show.

    Do it. Go see La Nouba. You will not regret it!!!

    Thanks, Yelp!

  • Watch Me Eat
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    So Anthony Gatto was a good fit for the show? As a hobby juggler, I somewhat keep up on his stuff, but he doesn’t have a Cirque feel to me. Almost everything I’ve seen from him consists of juggling insane numbers of objects all while standing in one spot. As amazing as his skill level is, it doesn’t have the same feel to me as some of Cirque’s past jugglers who combine their juggling with other stuff like acrobatics. I think Viktor Kee set the bar for a Cirque juggler for me.

    Regardless, I would still love to see Gatto’s show. I’ve never seen him live, so I definitely need to get out to La Nouba again! Did he replace an act or was he added?

  • klynn
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    @WatchMeEat, I wouldn’t consider myself a juggling aficionado of any sort, but I walked out of the show thinking it fit perfectly. As with much of the show, there was so much going on around him that it felt like it was meant to be.

    Also, I’m not certain about whether he was an insert or replacement, but I can say none of the major components of the show were missing. I’d highly recommend catching a show.

  • John Raser
    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    YESSSSSS!!! The little Asian girls!!! Best thing I’ve ever seen. You rock!!! πŸ˜›

  • Colleen
    Friday, 12 February 2010

    Hey !!

    Thanks for coming out, had a great time! LOVED the Asian girls as well as the quirky clown who just walked around all cute and rode that little tricycle.

    @WatchMeEat – I agree with @klynn – i am not a juggling expert at all but it mixed great with the circus theme and she is exactly right, there was so much more going on on stage, everyone came out to watch him, even the little Asian girls stood in the back in awe. The lady clown was also comical relief attempting to juggle too…quite funny

    I loved it!!!

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