Mia from New York, New York
IT WAS OK
Was unimpressed with the beginning and some of the performances. I think I was more irritated because I was sitting on the floor (no incline) almost below the stage and could barely see well. I also had someone kicking through the opening of my chair for the first half of the show. The costumes were just ok. I've been to many shows and this was my least favorite only because of the beginning and my frustration with the seats and view. Will say that I did love the acrobats and their energy-they made the show. I loved the main character and his solo scene too..was great. The bikers scene was cool. Loved the solo woman hanging from her hair. The double dutch scene was ok as well as the ladder scene and the guy with the laundry scene was just ok. The bungee scene was just ok too. I just expected a little more for what we pay. The bike and ballerina scene was nice...felt like it was missing something though. Hated my seats. Recommend sitting higher up. Don't sit low to stage
Sarah from New York, New York
PERSONALLY CONFLICTED ABOUT HOW TO RATE VOLTA:
Went with my boyfriend, we've seen other Cirque shows & this was by far our least-favorite. Good for kids, if you've never seen another Cirque or if you've never done gymnastics. Positives: eye catching costumes acts were clean & precise, I appreciate the practice they put in. i really enjoyed the woman who starts off in lotus position as her act was both beautiful & unique (you'll know who I mean, if you see the show) as well as maybe 2 others. Negatives: too many to list all: 1st act was double dutch in costume. Found the moves less difficult then kids I've seen on the sidewalk [excepting only 2 moves]. Tricks you can see many talented/active kids do, such as basic bike tricks. The 2 women on bungees doing flips I myself have done; even my boyfriend who's never bungee'd was unimpressed, it felt like a time filler. A lot of it felt like time filler. Story line not solidly resolved. Many blasé acts: [such as spinning from a ladder(!?) and that's it] Final rating: disappointing
Louis from Vallejo, California
Man! What a let down. We've seen at least 5 exciting and spare no thrills Cirque Du Soleil shows. This one....dull, anti-climatic. As mentioned, we could see bikers on You-tube, go to a high school football game to see batons twirling...but to pay a hefty price for what they presented, disappointing. Many it was a good think it was a short program, I was yawning.
Tom mcallister from San Francisco, California
My 5th time and my last attending Cirque. The show was way below expectation. I took my family and was expecting them to be awed, as I was, by previous shows. When a show leaves out several acts, gives no explanation, and the second act,20 minutes, just ends no one seemed satisfied. Is that all there is seemed a common reaction from the audience members as we left the tent. Some great acts as always but not enough to make up for the overall lack substance.
Dave from San Francisco, California
THE HEADLINING ACTS WERE MISSING
We decided to splurge and take our sons to see Volta. In particular they were exciting to see the vaunted and much-advertised grand finale which featuring BMX bikers riding ramps onstage. So we went and watched the very short show (less then two hours total), and then the lights came on, ending the show. No grand finale. Looking back, we realized that a number of the other acts that were advertised (i.e. Danila Bim doing hair acrobatics) also did not perform. So we left with two disappointed kids claiming (rightfully) that the show was a rip-off. Subsequently we read that one of the BMX riders was injured awhile back, so maybe that's why the act was canceled? But not informing the audience that its star performance is canceled is grossly irresponsible. And what of the other well-publicized but missing acts? I gave two stars because there still were some stunning performances. But overall, our very expensive outing was soured.
C. Wilmott from Los Angeles, California
VOLTA @ DODGER STADIUM
I have been to at least 10 Cirque shows and this is the first one that I felt was sub-par. There were a few moments that dazzle but the comedic elements that appear sporadically fell flat as the audience wasn’t laughing and looked around as if to say when are we getting back to the show. There is an energy that is uplifting and exciting that I didn’t feel for the first time.
Dominika Juillet from Los Angeles, California
SUB STANDARD SOUL-LESS STREET PERFORMANCE MASQUARADING AS ART
I've been a fan of Cirque over 12 years (allegria stands out as the pinnacle of what they SHOULD represent: soulful, timeless story telling spell-binding with physical and emotional wonders). I convinced 2 of my friends to do VIP. what a rip off.. ZERO insights (as other VIP) to costumes or decor/props of the show (what am I paying vip for?) and the show itself was gross, ugly, lacklustre and SOUL LESS. Written by people who don't understand art NOR sports... what a waste! Customer service did NOT refund anything thus far after I wrote them a very earnest and fair letter expressing sadness and dismay. After a week waiting, it's time to post the truth. Cirque has LOST ITS MAGIC.
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