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Cirque du Soleil

Since 1999 I've been a devote fan of Cirque du Soleil. However, last night maybe one of the last shows of theirs I see ([Update: I lied, I just needed a break :)]). I took a trip down memory lane and since that first show in 1999 I've seen many others and have watched them in multiple countries. For my own posterity (and I still think I'm missing one) I believe these are the shows I've seen:

Oct 15, 1999La NoubaOrlando
Sep 4, 2001DralionBoston
May 25, 2002VarekaiMontreal
Aug 4, 2002QuidamBoston
Oct 30, 2003SaltimbancoZurich
Jul 24, 2004AlegriaPhiladelphia
Aug 7, 2004VarekaiBoston
Dec 4, 2004MystereLas Vegas
Dec 5, 2004OLas Vegas
May 8, 2005CorteoMontreal
Oct 7, 2006CorteoBoston
Jul 1, 2007DeliriumBoston
Sep 19, 2008KoozaBoston
Aug 30, 2009AlegriaBoston
Jun 27, 2012TOTEMBoston
Jul 1, 2012TOTEMBoston
Jun 27, 2014AmalunaBoston

Why after so many years and so many shows am I having a change of heart? Maybe its a passing thing but the price to value ratio has gone out of whack. For what it is, Delirium tickets felt like they cost twice as much as they should have. I did go the VIP route for a couple of shows and with the free swag, program, and food/drinks it felt more like I was getting good value for my money. I didn't have that feeling last night while watching Delirium.

The show itself is visually stunning, makes fabulous use of video technology, and continues in CdS fashion with memorable music. Like the book I'm reading now, CdS has scarcity going for it. I don't know of another brand (although I'm sure one exists) that produces similar shows. As such they can drive the price up and still manage to sell tickets, although there were quite a few empty seats last night.

Tags: cds life


When I saw Delirium, I got my tickets about 2 hours before the show, for half price. And I had amazing seats, a few rows back and center. I couldn't have hand picked better seats. But I agree that their shows are getting crazy expensive. I was thinking this might be fueling their move towards more theatre-based shows but those are just as costly for the viewer.

I will continue to see all their shows, at least til I have seen them all.

I don't know the dates for all mine, but some are the same as yours.

Date Show Location
Oct 15, 1999 La Nouba Orlando
Sep 4, 2001 Dralion Boston
?? Quidam Boston
Oct 30, 2003 Saltimbanco Zurich
Jul 24, 2004 Alegria Philadelphia
?? 2004 Varekai Boston
??, 2005 O Las Vegas
??, 2005 Ka Las Vegas
?? 2007 Delirium Philadelphia

I feel like I'm missing one too.....

I should say it's funny you make this post now, since I was in the middle of putting all my CdS CDs onto one CD of MP3s for my car. I was thinking about the shows I've seen and realising that I need a few more CDs.