Despite the snowstorms we got yesterday, Spring has technically arrived at the city of Oil and Cows. The winters here in downtown Calgary can be enough to make you wish you had some sort of hibernation pod to while away the winter in, and admittedly Spring isn;t the greatest season to be outside in here. But, while the weather is still oscillating between Winter and Summer, one change you can bank on is the amount of Festivals, both indoor and outdoor, that start happening. Starting next week, there’s some awesome events that are definitely worth stirring from your hibernation pods for.
Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna
While the main draw to any Cirque du Soleil performance is the incredible acrobatics and bulging muscles under skin tight leotards (Laaadies), the story the propels them can sometimes be draw enough on its own. Although, the leotards do help, of course.
Amanluna is basically an homage to William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, but concerns itself more with exploring archetypal female experience rather than the concurrent themes of vengeance and redemption that run through the original stage play. On top of the Shakespearean homage, there are also Clowns, Valkyries, Amazons, and (of course) a juggling Lizard-Man.
It’s an entertaining evening, to say the least.
Like its larger brother, the Calgary International Film Festival, CUFF is a great chance to see some movies you otherwise wouldn’t ever get a chance to. The main difference between the two festival is that CUFF is a quite a bit weirder than CIFF. In fact, a lot of movies that don’t make it into CIFF because they are considered too fringe are shuttled to CUFF, where they have the chance to shine like weird experimental diamonds.
Heading up this year’s lineup is the Giant-Creature Feature Big Ass Spider, a movie about a large arachnid. Other interesting features include I Declare War, which is apparently “Stand By Me meets Full Metal Jacket”, and Vanishing Waves, a sci-fi action piece set inside the manipulated dreams of a troubled young woman.
So, what are you waiting for? Spring is here and it’s time to get out there and enjoy yourself!
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