BY CLAUDIA CARBONE
The Gaylord Rockies opened the holiday season with a giant jingle last weekend. Its headliner is Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a sparkly, shimmery, shiny extravaganza of outrageous costumes and daring feats performed in the round at the hotel’s bubly™ theater. Prepare to be wowed!
Not to be confused with Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil, the critically-acclaimed franchise Cirque Dreams produced and founded by Broadway Director Neil Goldberg is similar in concept but smaller in scope than the Canadian troupe. The incredible talent, dare-devil acts, extravagant costumes and theatrical innovation are no less astonishing.
The show starts with a parade of actors wearing costumes designed as walking pieces of art. Dazzling illuminated chandelier headwear, a wearable 15-foot tall Christmas tree, angels, bells and everything Christmas are embellished with more than 10,000 Swarovski crystals and rhinestones; thousands of imported yards of glittered fabrics; 5,000 pearls, beads and baubles; hundreds of feathers; sequins and whatever else glitters as gold. Eight-foot gingerbread men, a ten-foot polar bear and a giant snowman are among the larger than life figures rounding out the on-going spectacle with a holiday theme.
“The fusion of fashion and costume has been symbolic of couture for centuries,” says Goldberg. “We wanted the look of this new holiday show to be as equally compelling in costume design as it is distinctive in artistry in order to combine and exemplify ultimate imagination.”
About 16 different circus acts take place on center stage and in the air. A slack-wire athlete rides a unicycle on the line, a roller-skating couple defying G-forces on a tiny platform, and a couple performing acrobatic feats on a high swing will take your breath away. Ballet moves on aerial silks display elegance and athleticism at the same time. The artists and athletes from around the world are first-class and will amaze you.
The show lasts 75 minutes with no intermission. It will run through January 4, 2020. Tickets start at $29. For more information and tickets, visit GaylordRockiesChristmas.com. The Gaylord Rockies is at 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd., in Aurora.
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