One of the most notable solo acts is Danila Bim, who spins and contorts high above the stage suspended by her hair. Aerialist Pawel Walczewski’s lofty flying ballet in a flashback to Waz’s childhood is another special moment.
But it is the ensemble acts that most clearly convey the emotions of excitement, support, and individual freedom that are the essence of street sport. The show culminates with BMX riders swooping up the ramps of a full BMX park constructed on the Volta stage. Riders perform twisting tricks high in the air and pass each other in a perfectly coordinated dance to land back on the steep ramps.
As in many other Cirque shows, Volta includes humorous interludes with masterful clown acts. In one scene, Mr. Wow has a nightmare about fighting with washing machines. The act is funny and fits the urban feel of the rest of the show.
An epic score written by Anthony Gonzalez of M83, a French electronic music project, enhances the action of Volta. The music is played by a live band and sung by a talented group of vocalists.
Cirque de Soliel’s Volta will be performing under the Big Top at Atlantic Station (241 20th Street, Atlanta, GA 30363) through January 5, 2020. Tickets start at $49 and are available on the Cirque de Solielwebsite.