Cirque du Soleil has brought VOLTA to Chicago! The troupe’s 41st original production since 1984, VOLTA is its 18th show presented under the Big Top. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 190 million spectators in more than 450 cities on six continents. And VOLTA does not fail to delight audiences young and mature.
The iconic Big Top was raised for the first time at Soldier Field. The name VOLTA refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea often used in poetry. It also speaks to the jolt of energy delivered through the show.
Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a breathtaking voyage of self-discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics. Driven by Cirque du Soleil’s signature melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgment of others. More than any other production, VOLTA is poignant and powerful in today’s climate, declaring with confidence that being different is never a crime and that there are those in the world willing to accept each of us. Just. As. We. Are. Powerfully moving, this message is driven home over and over again. Be daring, be different, have no fear, find yourself, grow and become who you are meant to be. No judgements. No resevations.
The creators of VOLTA drew inspiration from the spirit of adventure that pervades the world of BMX, street sports and acrobatics. Whether they are on a bike, hopping from rooftop to rooftop, or double dutch rope skipping, urban sports enthusiasts constantly challenge themselves and defy convention.
VOLTA features a full-blown BMX park mounted on stage in front of the audience’s eyes for the breathtaking BMX finale as riders invade the stage to deliver a jaw-dropping, fast and furious performance of nonstop acrobatics on wheels. The riders go up the jump boxes and perform air tricks before landing and leaping off the ramps again, crisscrossing and spinning their bikes in midair in a spirit of brotherhood.
The stunning costumes of VOLTA have been designed by Zaldy Goco, famous for his work with Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefany and for TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Go see VOLTA. Be inspired. Dare to dream big. Forge your own path. Be unafraid. The show will captivate your eyes and your soul.
VOLTA is playing under the Big Top in the Soldier Field South parking lot.
Photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil. Photo credits: Matt Beard, Patrice Lamb, Benoit Leroux.
The Local Tourist tickets for two compliments of The Silverman Group.