how many times can i use the word amazing in one post?

I’ve seen a handful of excellent live performances over the past few years — plays, concerts, musicals — and after each one I remember thinking that I didn’t really want to talk about the performance, because it would ruin the moment.

Yesterday was no exception. Greg and I went to the matinĂ©e performance of Cirque du Soleil – Saltimbanco. It was, in a word, amazing. It was by far the best live performance I’ve ever seen.

This was our first time seeing a Cirque production, and my only exposure to it previously was a very brief look during an episode of CSI (my, I lead a sheltered life). So I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than some people doing some neat stuff on trapeze.

It was so much more. I had assumed there’d be music as part of the show, but I didn’t think it would be live, and I didn’t think it would be so damn good. Both the band and the singers were amazing. My favourite act was two women on trapeze, and the music that went along with them almost brought me to tears.

Then there was the variety. I thought it was just trapeze artists. But there was dancing, juggling, a guy riding a bike in as many positions as you can think of, a mime…and some pretty amazing trapeze moves.

I’m a really symmetry person, and that was one of the things I loved about the acrobatic and trapeze acts. And I think the symmetry stood out even more because of the performers’ costumes. They were perfect — just the right amount of colour, but they didn’t take away from the movements.

Anyway…I’m gushing. It was amazing. Breathtaking. And one of the best birthday presents I’ve ever received. Thank you, Mr. Fox.