Bright and colorful costumes, talented acrobats, music, lights, and applause—these are the sights and sounds under the big top at “VOLTA,” the newest offering by Cirque du Soleil that is currently playing at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York. The show is themed around the concept of discovery, such as self-discovery and finding the potential and powers within one’s self. The inclusion of “street sports” such as BMX bikes and Parkour gives this show a strikingly modern flair combined with the classic and stunning artistry for which Cirque du Soleil is famed.

Transformation and potential are the themes that run through the show and are represented via each unique and stunning act.

VOLTA will run at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island until July 1, 2018. Tickets start at $55.

Plot, music, and WAZ

The plotline of the show follows a blue-haired outcast-turned-game-show-contestant named WAZ who goes on television in hopes of becoming famous and finding the acceptance that he lacks in his life. While on the show, WAZ realizes that the differences that set him apart (namely his bright blue feathery hair) are what make him truly unique which, in turn, helps him find a society of free spirits who understand and accept him. Waz thereby learns that he should celebrate his uniqueness since it is what makes him extraordinary.

“VOLTA” is a term related to an emotion or an idea. Frequently used in poetry, the word symbolizes a sudden about-face in regards to how you feel or perceive something or someone. The show was both written and directed by Bastien Alexandre who worked closely with Jean Guibert who served as the director of creation. This show features some truly unique and memorable music by globally recognized electronic composer Anthony Gonzalez who is best known for his part in the renowned group M83.

Anthony lends a futuristic—nearly space-age—sound to the show which maintains catchy beats that are distinctively “pop” in an electronic style that is befitting of the show. Throughout the performance, the music sends bolts of positive energy through the big top as Waz finds his place among a colorful band of “free spirits” who appreciate his talents and appearance.

From start to finish, “VOLTA” is filled with non-stop action, astonishing costumes, incredible lighting, props, and sounds, and seemingly impossible feats. From trick jump-roping to flying BMX bikes, to acrobats suspended in air by their hair, “VOLTA” is one of the best shows that Cirque du Soleil has ever created. Among the stand-out features is a hilarious laundry skit (featuring three misbehaving washing machines) conducted by a clown known as “Shood Kood Wood” who later makes an appearance as an unfortunate camper who trips out on a flower of questionable origin. The show also features a number of chances for the performers to interact with the audience, fantastic live singing, and a transforming stage that any engineer will regard as nothing short of a marvel.

The show pleased a range of ages from seniors to children, and not a single act could be criticized. The storyline of finding confidence in oneself was inspiring, and the way in which it was artfully presented was truly magnificent.

Big Top, experience, and quality

The big top itself is artistically designed, and its interior is cozy and clean with a lot of opportunities to select very reasonably priced merchandise that includes tote bags, shirts, jewelry, toys, collectibles, and more. The atmosphere of the entire venue is relaxed, friendly, and welcoming.

Overall, “VOLTA” is a truly fantastic experience that is well worth the price of admission. Best of all, at the end of the show, the performers walk into the seating and, if you’re lucky enough to be seated in the aisles, you will have the chance to shake their hands, see their amazing outfits and makeup close up, and even speak to them.

I cannot recommend this show enough and strongly urge readers in the tri-state area to purchase tickets to this superior quality event before it comes to a close.

To learn more, google “Cirque du Soleil” and visit the official website.