HIDLAGO – Varekai, a signature performance by Cirque du Soleil will take place at the State Farm Arena in December before closing forever.
The seven-show run is slated for Wednesday Dec. 6 through Sunday Dec. 10.
“Artistic events such as Cirque du Soleil promote art, culture and brings enrichment to our community,” Hidalgo Mayor Martin Cepeda said.
Through a video message from the show's artistic director Bruno Darmagnac explained Varakai in an old Romanian language means “anywhere.” The show revolves around the myth of Icarus, the young man who wanted to fly.
The show is a tribute to director Dominic Champagne who once fell from a rafter and broke both his legs.
“Suddenly in a split of a second his life changed dramatically,” Darmangnac said. “He had to adjust not really knowing what was going to happen, what was going to be his future.”
The show begins with the fall of Icarus into a strange forest which General Manager for State Farm Arena Mark Solis said will be 45 feet in diameter with 300 trees ranging from four feet to 30 feet. Other elements of production include a catwalk and a lookout.
Varekai will be produced in half of the State Farm Arena with the hope to make the performance as intimate as possible. Ninety-five touring performers will come to Hidalgo.
Showtimes for Varekai include:
Wednesday Dec. 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday Dec. 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday Dec. 8 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 9 – 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Dec. 10 – 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.