Backstage with Cirque Du Solei performers

Cirque Du Solei is swinging into Biloxi and bringing an acrobatic extravaganza right into the Coast Coliseum. It’s the first time the circus’ production of Varekai has come to Biloxi.
It takes years of experience to do what is done onstage at Cirque Du Solei. “We have incredible athletes doing incredible feats.”
Performers say you have to have talent, flexibility, and the courage to take a risk. Singer Jamieson Lindenburg said, “I went to an open call in New York City and I went to a pretty extensive audition and I got the job within seven months. Nine years later, I’m still running away with the circus.”
Varekai hit the Coliseum Wednesday. It’s an international production featuring colorful costumes and gravity-defying performers coming from 13 different countries. One of the trapeze artists tells News 25 Varekai takes place deep within a forest and takes the audience through a journey unlike any other Cirque Du Solei show. Trapeze Artist Kerren McKeeman said, “It’s really about transformation. If you follow the character throughout the show, you’ll see everyone changes and evolves. I think that story is really beautiful.”
Every costume is handmade to fit perfectly to the performer’s body. Crew members say they have to be touched up every night. “We train all day, every day, to be able to do the same thing for the audience,” said McKeeman.
The show has toured the US for 15 years. It is Varekai’s first time in Biloxi and also the very last time this particular production will light up the stage.Performer Emily Carragher said, “This is the last chance to see this show forever. It’s going to close and then it’s going to be something of the past.”
Show times run until Sunday and tickets are available through ticketmaster.com.

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