Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Who are we NOT to be incredible?

I was reminded of Cirque du Soleil by my buddies Scott and Andrew, who saw one of their shows in Chicago last weekend. I've been a HUGE fan for years, but only saw a live performance two years ago on a business trip to Orlando, Florida. I saw the show "La Nouba". A clip is attached.

Fucking. Amazing.

Without seeing them in person, it's easy to think that there must be editing and videographic effects to show these performances - but there aren't. This is exactly what they are doing, live, with their human bodies, right in front of your face. It can't be described. The entire audience, literally, sits there for the entire show with their mouths hanging open. It's surreal.

The music is incredible ... the performers are unreal ... the whole experience feels like some weird dream.




So why post this now?


Well, it's the New Year. Regrets, resolutions, something new to hope will go right.

These people in this video - as amazingly talented and well-trained as they are - are just people. People. You know, like you and I are just people.

It's amazing what "just people" can do.

Believe it or not, I'm pretty sure that there is someone who looks at what you do every day, and their mouth hangs open, even internally, thinking "How do they do that?"

We're all pretty incredible, aren't we ...


8 comments:

LSL said...

What a great message. I'm going to come back and reread this one until it sinks in. I love your perspective.

somewhere joe said...

"It's amazing what "just people" can do.

Believe it or not, I'm pretty sure that there is someone who looks at what you do every day, and their mouth hangs open, even internally, thinking "How do they do that?"

We're all pretty incredible, aren't we ..."

Draw a circle with a magic marker around that with arrows pointing to it. Thank you, Matt.

The best does more than entertain. It inspires. That's Cirque.

Tom said...

A very uplifting post for the New Year!

TankMontreal said...

This is an amazing post. La Cirque dazzles as always and your observation about the rest of us is spot on. Thanks.

Curtis said...

Incredible!

TheBuxStopHere said...

Matthew! Language! Jeesh! :)

Matt said...

Sorry to offend your virgin ears, Andrew ... ;)

Devon said...

Well, you answered the question that I asked Andrew. If you ever get the chance to see DELERIUM go by all means. The projections are absolutely incredible! I was talking to one of the managers about the show afterwards and I told her there was just no way to put into words what I was feeling. She told me it could be described in one word, enchantment. She was so right.

Check it out~

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/CirqueDuSoleil/en/showstickets/delirium/intro/intro_default.htm