I updated myself and read:
I usually steer clear of depressing novels and Water for Elephants had all indications of that-- set during the Great Depression, in a third- rate travelling circus, a love triangle. However, I wanted to watch the movie and knowing my chances of catching it are slim I decided to grab the book instead.
It is obvious that the author did a lot of research on circuses during the Depression era, on animals and on old age even. And that, to me, was the most captivating part about the book. It gave a peek into the lives, horrific, pathetic & wonderful, of people and animals in the circus. Beyond that I didn't find the other parts convincing-- the love at first sight and great passion between Jacob and Marlena, August's abusive treatment towards Marlena and the "diagnosis" of his paranoid schizophrenia seemed like an afterthought. Unless the movie makes up for where prose failed, then I'm expecting the movie to be nothing more than a visual treat.
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I was able to catch KAOS at Resorts World Manila.
Aside from the Filipinos in the cast, there were performers from Spain, China, Belarus and Columbia.
Kaos is part of the menagerie of world-renowned animal performers, which includes Sito the white tiger and Betty the yellow tiger, all specially trained by Spanish master illusionist Enrique Polo, who also plays the Good Wizard.
The Defying Gravity Troupe from China and the Power Duo, a world renowned act from Belarus, will test the limits of physical endurance with their riveting performances.
Motorcyclists from Spain will do amazing jaw-dropping stunt work in the Cycle of Life, while the Human Time Machine from Columbia will showcase feats of superb balance and synchronization. (source)
I enjoyed the show, but as usual I wondered more about the performers' personal lives than the actual stunts and acts. Conversation with Rocky after the show was more on what kind of life they had travelling from show to show. For example, the website of the Power Duo, gymnasts from Belarus, lists that they have performed in Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines and the Super Star Virgo ship. My cousin says he's seen them in another acrobatic show in Cebu also. That's a lot of travelling and moving around!
I'm hoping to catch Cirque du Soleil's Varekai next month. From Wikipedia,
Varekai is a Cirque du Soleil touring production that premiered in Montréal in April 2002. Its title means "wherever" in the Romani language, and the show is an "acrobatic tribute to the nomadic soul".
The plot is based loosely on the Greek myth of Icarus, who melts his wings after flying too close to the sun. Rather than drowning in the sea below him, in Varekai Icarus lands inside a lush forest, in which the creatures teach him how to fly again.
For show schedules and ticket prices of Varekai in Manila (June 23- July 10, 2011) click here.
I was flipping through channels a few days ago and caught a short bit about the performers in Varekai. They have a family (from Spain) with generations performing and growing up in a circus. That's pretty amazing!