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Welcome to the Jungle

January 14, 2009 12:58 PM ET | Gregory Crippen | Permanent Link

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This past week Greg, from the Art Department here at NJM, attended an evening performance of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. Although he claims to "suck at writing," Greg's words convey his positive response to the experience of Cirque with an honest and straightforward simplicity. Without further adieu and straight from the horse's mouth...

I was not sure what to expect when I walked into the show. It was my first time watching a show of this sort and I was a bit skeptical. I thought two hours might drag on, but I was quickly proved wrong. From the very beginning I was engaged with a pre-show crowd participation that broke the ice with lots of humor. It led right into the two-hour show, which flew by with an assortment of ornate and colorfully costumed animals performing on stage.  Each performance was unique and added to the story that continued to unfold. My favorite was the balancing giraffes, where two colorfully dressed performers balanced on a wooded plank on top of a metal cylinder. At one point they reached thirty feet off the stage. It was nerve racking to say the least.

There is nothing negative to say about the show except that I got tired of clapping.

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Tags: New Brunswick | State Theatre | Cirque du Soleil




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