Spec­ta­cle doesn’t trans­late to film

Cirque

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A gamine (Erica Linz) stum­bles into a vis­it­ing cir­cus in her town, tum­bles for the hand­some aeri­al­ist (Igor Zaripov) and when he — dis­tracted — falls from the heights, she is sucked into the same sandy vor­tex that opens in the floor of the Cir­cus Mar­velous tent that swal­lows him.

In the al­ter­nate re­al­ity be­neath the sand, Mia, the gamine, wan­ders into tents of amaze­ment — daz­zling water bal­lets and ae­rial spec­ta­cles, tram­po­line acts set to the mu­sic of Elvis, a stun­ning visu­al­iza­tion of “Oc­to­pus’s Garden” by the Bea­tles, mo­ments of men­ace and mime and magic.

And al­ways, just out of sight and out of reach, the aeri­al­ist is tugged into other worlds, other places to dis­play his prow­ess. Un­seen forces keep the cou­ple apart.

It’s all lovely, mes­mer­iz­ing — and right on the edge of sleep-in­duc­ing.

Then, just as you’re about to doze off, the “Viva Elvis” and “The Bea­tles Love” seg­ments turn up and give the show mo­men­tum, and a beat we can dance to.

Cheaper than a trip to Ve­gas, “Worlds Away” is, even in gor­geous 3-D, a won­der­ful re­minder of the in­dis­pens­able place Cirque du Soleil holds in pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment. They’re fab­u­lous, even on film. But there’s no sub­sti­tute for live per­for­mance.

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