Cirque du Soleil’s first permanent show in Asia has finally found it’s way to Macau. The show is called Zaia and it’s housed in a theatre in The Venetian Macau on the Cotai Strip built especially for the show. It is only 90 minutes long in an effort to be family friendly and I was enthralled every second. Performers bicycled through the sky. Acrobats dangled impossibly high above our heads. Astronauts drifted through space. And a polar bear walked across the sky. It was a love story about our world and everything that is and might be beyond. I cried. I always do at Cirque. I love the clowns speaking gibberish and the bizarre costumes, the live music and the sometimes mournful, sometimes joyous singing. And I loved the heart shaped balloons that fell from the sky when the show ended. But not as much as the smiling tear stained face of the tiny little girl I gave it too when one didn’t float her way.
Jenny Block is the author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called “Sex Talk with Jenny Block” (quickdfw.com). Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including huffingtonpost.com, yourtango.com, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, edgedallas.com, literarymama.com, Spirit, chow.com, and ellegirl.com.