This July, Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai will enthrall audiences with it’s kaleidoscope of characters and adventure at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. From deep within a forest, atop a volcano, a young man falls from the sky. Exploring this world of unbelievable creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure where the possibilities are endless. The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies. Gay Life recently sat down with performer Fernando Miro, who plays the young man, Icarus.
Could you describe your role in the upcoming performance of Varekai?
Icarus is the fallen angel. He has had a great past life and in the story of Varekai the story starts from when he loses his wings. The story is like a narrative how someone gets up from a fall. It’s about how you get up and can get a second chance. It discusses how you mold your life so you can survive and get through the hardships of life. (Laughs) That’s the deep side of it.
How do you connect to the role of Icarus?
I think Icarus is a story that all we live and can all identify with. This is because we all have our moments of grief. Icarus was told not to fly too close to the sun and he did. It’s about making a mistake, recognizing it and getting through. We’ve all been there. We have all made mistakes and we all had our difficult times and it’s all about getting through it. As a performer I can identify with it. We leave our family and friends behind in order to accomplish our dreams, but we get through it. You eventually surround yourself with new people who are like your second family and help us to get through it.
One of the most captivating acts of the show is “Flight of Icarus.” What kind of training went into a role such as this?
For me, as a performer, I come from a very unique background. As a kid, I started as a gymnast. As I was a young adult, i transitioned into dance. Slowly I merged the both of them together. When I moved to the stage it was a mixture of theatrical, dance, circus and gymnastics. As a kid, I wanted to do everything and I wanted to do it all (laughs). Throughout I found my own uniqueness.
You come from an artistic family in Puerto Rico. As a child, did you ever think that one day your skills would allow you to perform in such a prestigious company as Cirque Du Soleil?
It’s a funny story. When I was younger, I saw the show Varekai on TV. There used to be a reality show called Cirque Du Soleil – Fire Within. I saw the show and the documentary and I fell in love with the show, the character and the company as a whole. Never in a million years did I think I would be here right now. It’s strange because you work for your own success and you don’t know that you are indirectly working towards your dream. I auditioned for Cirque Du Soleil in 2009 and worked on another show. Then I took a break and toured with Taylor Swift for two years. When I came back I toured with Michael Jackson Immortal, and I heard they were looking for an Icarus in the show. It’s pretty awesome (Laughs). It made me the performer that I am today without even realizing it. It’s unreal!
This production is pays tribute to the nomadic soul. As someone who travels around from place to place performing, do you view yourself as a bit of a nomad?
Definitely! It’s a very cliche kind of thing. I love travelling and doing my job. The only bad thing about it is you have your family and friends back home, or back in LA where I live. It’s a dream of many people. Not many people are able to travel that much. So this is a tribute. The story of Icarus is about that and him landing in place he doesn’t know and making his home.
Prior to Varekai, you had a role on singer/songwriter Taylor Swift’s world tour. Like Icarus, whose quest takes him along the path to Varekai, what do you see as your next adventure?
Right now I always keep training. I’m always learning new things. I’m known not to stay still and learn from everybody. I’m currently signed for another year and half with Varekai. So I’ll be with the show until 2017. We’re going to Europe and that will be super fun. This has been a dream of mine for so long so I can’t think next of my next adventure because I want to enjoy this one right now.
Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai
Wednesday, July 8 – Sunday, July 12th
Baltimore Royal Farms Arena
201 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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