More story-driven than most of Cirque du Soleil’s shows, Volta inspires audiences to “Find Your Free.” The 41st production from the largest contemporary circus in the world, stars a game-show contestant named Waz and draws inspiration from extreme sports, specifically the world of BMX. Cirque du Soleil Volta performs at Dodger Stadium through March 8th, 2020, and at the OC Fair & Event Center March 18 through April 19, 2020.
Cirque du Soleil
I saw my first Cirque du Soleil show in LA many years ago, introduced to the unique, character-driven, animal-free contemporary circus that has become a global phenomenon. While the show has many semblances of the traditional circus, I realized that Cirque du Soleil takes those things that I love about the theater, the music, the makeup and costume design, the story, and fuses it with breathtaking, gravity-defying acrobatic feats.
Cirque du Soleil Volta
Volta is the 15th Big Top to tour Los Angeles and the 22nd Cirque du Soleil show to perform in the city. Having done some research prior to opening night, I knew this show would be different. Drawing inspiration from extreme sports, including the world of BMX and street sports, the show has an urban, contemporary vibe not seen in other shows.
In an age where being true to oneself is celebrated comes a show that celebrates the things that make one unique. Waz is a young man in search of popularity and acceptance. His blue hair represents those things that make him different, and the result is a feeling of shame and embarrassment. His journey will particularly resonate with millennials still trying to find their place in the world.
Having seen every single Cirque du Soleil performance to tour the Southland, I knew that the acts would be absolutely electrifying. And yet I am always in awe of the ease and effortlessness the performers evoke as they hop from rooftop to rooftop or engage in my own childhood street sport of double dutch rope skipping.
There are two acts that completely captivated me. The first is The Mirage. A young woman is suspended only by her hair as she levitates from a cushion. The moment she rose above the stage, only connected to a rope by her hair, dancing and spinning, was heart-stopping. The moment is significant because it sparks a realization within Waz that his differences are what make him unique.
The final act is Momentum where Waz is now in control of his life, having been accepted into the community of FREESPIRITS. This celebratory act features a full-blown BMX park mounted on stage as riders perform jaw-dropping acrobatics on bikes. I found myself holding my breath numerous times throughout the act as the performers crisscross and spin their bikes midair. The spirit of freedom is rampant and the act is the perfect closure to an absolutely riveting show.
Volta Tickets and Showtimes
Cirque du Soleil Volta tickets start at $49 and can be purchased online at CirqueDuSoleil.com/Volta. Showtimes are as follows:
- Sundays: 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 8:00 pm
- Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 4:30 pm and 8:00 pm
Right now, you can save up to 25% on tickets (some performances start at $44). You can also check Goldstar.com for tickets.
Volta performs under the Big Top at Dodger Stadium. Proceed to parking lot 1, located on the corner of Vin Scully and Stadium Way, and enter via Sunset Gate A. Parking is $25 (no pre-pay option available).
For more information, visit CirqueDuSoleil.com/Volta.