About Cirque du Soleil - Volta
Energetic, urban and contemporary, Cirque du Soleil's VOLTA is that first ever sports-inspired show that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world.
Volta was inspired by amateur street sports with themes of human disconnection, the loss of confidence that can happen in the monotonous routines of daily life, and the importance of honoring your own true self. The word “volta” is used in poetry to refer to a rhetorical shift or dramatic change in perspective. The show incorporates timely subject matter with mesmerizing circus elements and thrilling live music beloved by fans.
Volta is one of Cirque du Soleil’s most recent productions, premiering in Montreal in April of 2017 before touring around Canada and the United States. The show tours in Cirque du Soleil’s famous Big Top, taking its elaborate sets and talented performers to city after city in a semi-permanent home. Volta’s dedication to keeping every performance fresh and unique makes it a show worth seeing more than once. There are several acts in rotation and several more that have been replaced or given a new twist.
During a performance of Volta, audiences encounter a dazzling mix of urban street sports, powerful acrobats, and a poignantly relatable young man’s journey of self-discovery. The inspiring character, Waz, evokes the struggle of achieving freedom and acceptance outside of society’s norms.
Volta does not lack for breathtaking thrills and stupendous skills, which no Cirque fan would want to miss. But for theater buffs, what’s especially captivating is how this particular work of art reflects a particularity of life: how Volta captures the athletic artistry and boundless energy one sees on the streets in big cities, such as locally among the dance crews who give impromptu shows on sidewalks or in the Metro.
Volta features a wide range of acts, including BMX riders, hair suspension, and mind-bending trampoline walls. Volta’s talented performers, acrobats, and dancers often move in impossibly harmonious unison, like the dejected group of Greys who traverse the city on roller skates and yearn to find freedom.
The impressive stage and set pieces that artists use throughout the show is made up of dynamic elements. From a stone quarry in the beginning to a fully functioning skate park in the finale, the set is united by a structure known as The Cube. Used to represent Waz’s refuge of memories, The Cube moves about the stage displaying nostalgic items from his childhood and video projections that transform with the live music.
Embark on a journey of self-discovery and heart-opening acceptance in Cirque du Soleil’s Volta. Audiences follow Waz, a timid contestant on a fantastical game show who struggles to find himself and reclaim his sense of worthiness. The formal vision of Volta honors Cirque’s own true beginnings as a ragtag street theater troupe.