Cirque du Soleil has announced the first-ever UK arena tour of its signature production, Varekai.
The critically-acclaimed show, updated and featuring new acts yet to be seen in the UK will visit Sheffield Arena from February 2 to 5 and the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham from March 8 to 12 next year.
Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world – a world where something else is possible – a world called Varekai.
The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins.
Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary.
On this day at the edge of time, in this place of pure and undiluted possibility, begins an inspired incantation to a life rediscovered and to a newly found wonder in the mysteries of the world and the mind.
The word Varekai (pronounced ver-ay-kie) means ‘wherever’ in the Romany language of the gypsies – the universal wanderers.
Directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai.
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organisation providing high-quality artistic entertainment.
The company has 4,000 employees, including more than 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities in more than 60 countries on all continents.
Tickets for their Nottingham show are £51.40 and £61.60 on 0843 3733000, online at www.motorpointarenanottingham.com/online/cirquedusoleil or in person from the Arena box office.
Tickets for their Sheffield show are £49.50 and £60.50 in advance on 0114 2 565656 or www.sheffieldarena.co.uk/whats-on/cirque-du-soleil or in person from the box office.