On our spring trip to Walt Disney World this year, my family and I decided we wanted to have dinner at Les Chefs de France. It was a sweltering day that day, and we were looking for anything we could do to pass time and beat the heat before our dinner reservation. As we got closer to the restaurant, we heard a whistle blowing, and as my natural curiosity was piqued, we decided to check it out.
What we came across was a crowd of people around two acrobats. They did not use words to communicate, but the “chef” would blow a whistle and gesture to make sure people understood what he was trying to convey. The “server” was also silent. This reminded me of silent movies where the actors would say nothing but you could interpret the movie based on the actions that were performed. The act between these two was incredible.
The “server;” started out balancing on wine bottles. At this point, the “chef” got the idea for the server to balance on a chair that was placed carefully on the wine bottles, and so it began that the “server” would climb the chairs and balance on his hands as he climbed higher and higher. Eventually, he got to the top of the stack of chairs, at which point, the national anthem of France was played.
On the ground below, the “chef” would attempt to hand the “server” bottles and at one point, he ended up borrowing a member of the audience to help him get high enough to reach the wine bottle to the “server”. The interactions between the acrobats, and the acrobats and the audience were hilarious. Watching them perform, it made us forget about the heat, if even for a little while. We were fascinated by the stunts and the skill of the “server” as he was able to perform his tricks so high off the ground. For anyone that can do something like that, it takes amazing skill- and one would assume they would not be able to be afraid of heights.
The show was absolutely amazing. For anyone who is in the France pavilion and has time to catch the show, I highly recommend it. If you remember the old silent movies, or know something of them, and you like acrobatics, then this is something you want to see. Personally, the next time we go back to EPCOT, this show is definitely going to be at the top of my list!!