Cirque du Soleil – now performing in your living room between the tricycle and the house plant

Cirque du SoleilMy kids once had a gymnastics teacher who was training to be a Cirque du Soleil acrobat. He would take a ribbon that was hanging from the ceiling and spin himself up it as if gravity had no effect on him. It was freakishly amazing, a description I’ve heard about all Cirque du Soleil shows, though I’ve never had the chance to see one myself just yet.

Now though, we can all get a chance to see their spectacular performances — on that sleek rectangular box you’ve got across from your couch.

Beginning tonight and running through December, PBS will air Cirque du Soleil-Flowers in the Desert on your local PBS channel. I can only assume that my own PBS station is waiting to air it later in December since it isn’t shown on their two-week schedule, and I will be seriously bummed out if I miss this. (Hear that WGBH?)

What makes this two-hour program sound so cool to watch is that it touches upon almost all six of Cirque du Soleil’s shows that are currently running in Vegas. I consider this a sort of Whitman’s Sampler, allowing me to figure out which one to narrow down at the ticket booth someday, instead of muttering O or Ka? to myself.

Given the PG rating (not sure why) and that the length of the program goes well beyond the attention span of the average six year, I assume that my nine year-old will find this cool to watch, but my younger two will probably leave after a few minutes to practice their feats of daring in the other room.

But fear not — PBS leaves out Zumanity, the oo-la-la, R-rated Cirque show, making any “how’d they DO that?” questions a little easier to answer.  –Christina

Check your local PBS listings for Cirque du Soleil – Flowers in the Desert which starts airing November 27 and runs through the end of December.


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.

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