I recently subscribed to a blog called Generations At Work and with these thoughts on my mind, went to see my first Cirque de Soleil show this past weekend with my husband and daughter. It was called Delirium and rightly so. It was abstract, very abstract. It was sensory, very sensory. The show played out visually using video projections on large screens, on see through curtains in front of and behind the performers, on the stage floor and in the audience. The very talented and agile dancers and awesome singers were on the stage floor, in the audience, coming up from under the stage floor and hanging above the stage floor. They were floating, spinning, twisting and falling. At any one time, you had singing, dancing, acrobats, video footage, hula ladies - you name it ,you had it. And it was loud, very loud. Transitions from one scene to other very different and unrelated scene were flawless, smooth and so artistically creative.
We were underwater, in a field, in Africa, at a circus and more.We were in someone's dream, some one's very weird dream. There was too much for me to take in at once. It took me a few transitions to settle myself as my senses were overwhelmed. My daughter's two potty breaks provided me with some needed down time before we went back in again. We all thoroughly enjoyed the show and it was unlike anything I had ever seen before.
I left wondering about my reactions . . . . are differences in reactions generational or individual? Were they unique to me, to my generation?
Would a person growing up in the fast paced world of technology today react differently to the show than I did? Will my daughter need that kind of pace, for lack of a better word, to keep her engaged? What does that mean for the needs of the up and coming work force? For me as their manager? Definitely something worth considering.