For the first time, Vancouver will get a show that is truly a feast for the senses. It is called Bacio Rosso and it is Canada’s first ever Gourmet Cabaret Cirque experience.
Now, as a person who has worked at Cirque Du Soleil 3 times (Varekai, Corteo, and Kooza – only as an usher, not contortionist if that’s what you were thinking :P), I can tell you, this type of experience never gets old. It truly transports you to a different time and a different dimension, where all you know is laughter, love, and wonderment.
Held at Queen Elizabeth Park, the Magic Cristal is a magnificent antique Spiegeltent imported directly from Belgium and lined with hand crafted woodwork and over 2000 beveled mirrors. For myself, it felt like half Moulin Rouge and half Cirque du Soleil. It’s a little more sensual than Cirque (unless you’re talking about Zumanity ;)) but it has the same type of circus vibe. Once you step foot inside those doors, you will instantly know what I mean.
Doors open at 6pm, the music and show starts at 7pm, and the first thing you hear will be Lady Rizo’s amazing powerhouse voice. She guides you through the entire show and in my opinion steals every scene that she’s in. Not only is her humor quick and witty, she can belt a song like Lady Gaga in “A Star is Born”. Legit. If you love live music, you will LOVE her.
In addition to all the singing, there were plenty of performances in between that will make your jaw drop and make you wish you didn’t eat that donut yesterday. One of my favourites were Cassie and Oliver, the trapeze duo who for at least half the show were waiting people’s tables and being the stage guy to take equipment off for the rest of the acts. Little did we know…. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN ACT TOO…AND THEY’RE FRIGGIN RIPPED.
Aerial dancer Erika Nguyen was also a sight to behold as she dances around a single hoop above everyone in the tent. After her act, she too begins to help out serving some dishes and entertaining the tables during breaks. That was one of the things I loved most about the show… The fact that every single performer had alternative roles after their act and helped out not only the wait staff but interacted with the crowd, was amazing.
Now on to the food! The four course Italian gourmet meal is designed by award winning Chef Adam Pegg of La Quercia and it is served throughout the performance with wait staff promptly serving hundreds of people at once through dance and music.
For them to serve hundreds of people at once in a very swift manner for every course is already such an accomplishment so I didn’t expect too much from the food. Nonetheless, they actually surprised me by how tasty the Melanzana alla Parmigiana (Eggplant Lasagna) was.
The other standout item was the Creama di Limone (Lemon Cream) and judging by the comments at my table, everyone else agreed.
All in all, if you’re looking for a night of laughter, dazzle, romance, and music, then Bacio Rosso is for you. Tickets start at $109 and you can purchase them here.
Some of the photos in this post are courtesy of Baccio Rosso, others are my own.