Journeys of the Heart

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Awed by Alegria

rt 2008 redu (2)Ever since I first saw them on TV I’ve wanted to see a live performance by Cirque de Soleil.  Last night that dream was fulfilled.  I attended the touring road show of Cirque de Soleil Alegria at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA.  The show, whose title means jubilation in Spanish, is a “baroque ode to the energy, grace and power of youth.”  To say it was fantastic is to use it in the form of fantastical.  The music and choreography and incredible timing of the performers as they seemingly defied the laws of physics was amazing and breathtaking as fire-dancers, contortionists, high-fliers and acrobats danced, leaped, flipped and flew across the stage.  It was almost dizzying at times to keep track of everything that was going on.  I loved every moment (most of which my sister and I spent sitting open-mouthed in awe). 

The circus as a form of entertainment had almost become extinct when Cirque de Soleil came onto the scene.  They revived the old, tired, worn-out version and turned it into a vital new art form by taking risks (figuratively and literally), by thinking outside the box and by not fearing being over the top with their performances.  All things we as writers could apply to our books.  If you’re starting to plot a new story, as I am, or have a stack of rejection letters on a current book, step back and take another look at your manuscript. Perhaps now is the time to jump out of your comfort zone.   Come at your plot, goals, motivations and conflicts from another angle.  Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to be a bit over the top.  Let your passion show.  Publishers are looking for the fresh and the new.  Take a tip from Cirque de Soleil and let your stories fly.  Alegria!


October 26, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Kathy,
    Sounds like a fabulous show! I like how you applied the performances to writing.

    Comment by pattie | October 26, 2009 | Reply

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