Cirque du Soleil presents fascinating, wildly complex and highly entertaining performances. Productions like "Kouza"and "Love" tour internationally. Find out what it takes to train, create and produce an original Cirque du Soleil production in "Cirque du Soleil Fire Within," a unique 13 episode documentary that follows performers through the grueling training process through the premiere and start of the world tour of of "Varekai," created in 2002. Tensions run high as performers are cut and new, highly expert athletes are flown in at the last minute to replace them. Not many of the actual performance "tricks" are shown in detail, but human drama runs rampant. This documentary follows a few of the performers very closely, exploring the effect of training on personal relationships and life at home after a 14 hour day at the Cirque center. The drama trails off after "Varekai" premieres, but the first 10-12 episodes are fascinating.
However, if you watch the video performance of "Varekai" in hopes of seeing the excitement come to life and tie all the little pieces together, know that "Fire Within" provided very limited glimpses of the entire production. Viewing a Cirque du Soleil performance on film lacks the urgency of the live production. The acts featured in "Fire Within" are few and far between. Only the triple trapzee act truly delivers the grace, artistry and excitement presented in "Fire Within." Several of the other acts simply do not translate well to film.
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