Ruest, an original member of Cirque du Soleil, is a Quebec-bred stilt-walker who helped lay the troupe's foundation in 1984. She's been performing and mapping death-defying stunts for its new-wave circus stars ever since. In Delirium, the main character is suspended from a hot-air balloon, while more than three dozen performers jump, leap, and twirl below him. Dreamlike images on four massive screens add to the euphoric mood. "Ever since we were 25 and crazy, we've wanted to make people say, 'Wow! I never thought I'd see something like that," says Ruest. "Twenty-two years later, we should never forget where we came from."
Fri., Aug. 4, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 5, 2 & 8 p.m.
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