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  1. Jenny May 13, 2007 4:11 pm

    I’m not a Cirque fan, but I can completely relate to the complaint about kids at the theatre.

    During a performance of Tosca, about two years back, some genius sitting behind me had decided to bring her kids and they talked through the ENTIRE show.

    “What’s she saying, I can’t understand?”
    “You have to look up there and read, then look back down.”
    “Then I’ll miss the show.”
    “No, it takes longer to say things in that other language than it does in English.”

    Now I can forgive the kids, they were clearly just bored and confused (as I would’ve been at that age). The mom, on the other hand, should’ve known better.

  2. Kimberly May 14, 2007 9:15 am

    Oh I DEFINITELY feel you on this one! Parents who refuse to allow their children to “slow them down” are the BAIN OF MY EXISTENCE! I have had this experience at the movies on a few occasions and ANNOYING! Being a parent, I did not even entertain the idea of taking my son to a theatrical performance, the movies or a restaurant (unless it was equipped with kiddie play area) until he was able to control his bladder and reached the maturity to display considerate and socially acceptable behavior. Why can’t these “entitlement riddled” parents take these screaming toddlers to see The Wiggles and/or other shows that target young children and promote/allow their age-appropriate behavior?

    I took my son to see The Wiggles just before he turned five (5) so I do speak from experience. The minor league baseball team in my area provides a kiddie area at their ballpark for little ones should they get bored/ansy during the ballgame. There ARE OPTIONS out there for parents with small children who INSIST on taking them to live performances. Otherwise, SUCK IT UP AND STAY HOME!

    Awesome and MUCH NEEDED rant here. KUDOS!!

  3. Momo May 14, 2007 11:01 pm

    Viva la Cirque! I fell in love when I saw the Dralion. I’m a poor student, so the rest of my Cirque experiences have been limited to recordings off the Bravo channel. Sigh. Ah well, at least the recorded ones guarantee a seat not obstructed by posts.

    I have a hilarious memory of the Dralion. My uncle had brought binoculars, and he and my boyfriend kept fighting over them because of the women in spandex. They tossed the binoculars to me when the juggler in the red bodysuit came on.

  4. pcw May 25, 2007 12:56 pm

    I’m a huge Cirque fan and did see Kooza a month ago, but I did feel a little manipulated when I read about your description about when the guy “falls” on the highwire act when leapfrogging the other acrobat. This was exactly the same thing that happened when I saw the show a month before you and exactly how it happened last night when another friend saw the show.

  5. Marlene May 25, 2007 8:08 pm

    i agree about the idiotic parents, but let’s face it, its the cirque de soleil, not the Grand Ballets canadiens…mind you it’s probably too long for a really young kid.

  6. Webster May 28, 2007 12:11 pm

    I finally met another “Cirquehead” … I love the label ! I’ve seen some of the Cirques 3-5 times over (O, Alegria & Msytere, my favourites). I could go on and on, but I just want to recommend that you see Le Reve at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, comparable to O ! (also directed by Franco Dragone, ex-Cirque director). Looking forward to seeing Kooza shortly.

  7. Natalie P. May 29, 2007 10:20 pm

    The last time we were in Las Vegas for CirqueCon, we took in La Reve instead of KÀ, (given that we had already seen KÀ). It was highly enjoyable, but I still think “O” topped it. Next stop in Vegas: Penn and Teller.

    -Natalie

  8. laura July 16, 2008 1:04 pm

    You know, it’s not the ballet. It’s a circus. Kids do get a lot out of it. It’s not taking toddlers to events such as this that’s moronic, it’s refusing to bail if they do misbehave. There is a wide range as far as toddler behavior, both from child to child and within the individual child. Tje mother was moronic and rude for not leaving as soon as her toddler stated making noise, not for bringing him to begin with. For the record, Cirque du Solail specifically says on their site that their child pricing is from 2-12 years old (about 2/3 of a regular ticket), and under 2 are free. They do not discourage kids attending. The circus is perfect for children, especially since there are no words or complicated plot to understand. Parents need to knwo their own child’s limitations, and need to always be prepared to forfeit the money they’ve spent if the child acts up, and leave immediately.