Acrobatics, modern clowns, contortionists, balancing acts, trapeze, high-wire and more! It’s all in this show!
This show has all the thrills, fun and beautiful costumes you would want to see in a grand circus performance. The Wheel of Death will have you holding your breath and the clowns make the audience part of the show in a way that makes them human and part of the audience. Cirque du Soleil® never disappoints! After attending over 10 different Cirque du Soleil® shows, I can’t wait for the next opportunity to see another one. KOOZA is a must see!
Cirque du Soleil has returned to Austin for the first time in 10 years with their Big Top production KOOZA. This show plays through Oct 8th.
KOOZA™ is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil® that combines two circus traditions—acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.
“KOOZA is about human connection and the world of duality, good and bad,” says the show’s writer and director David Shiner. “The tone is fun and funny, light and open. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s very much about ideas, too. As it evolves, we are exploring concepts such as fear, identity, recognition and power.
”The show starts with the Trickster bursting onto the scene like a jack-in-the-box in front of The Innocent, and that’s just the first of many surprises to come. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Heimloss, the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog.
Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.
The name KOOZA is inspired by the Sanskrit word “koza,” which means “box,” “chest” or “treasure,” and was chosen because one of the underlying concepts of the production is the idea of a “circus in a box.”
KOOZA Fun Facts:
- Written and directed by David Shiner, the international cast features 48 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers, and dancers.
- KOOZA premiered in Montreal in April 2007 and has since performed over 2,700 shows in 43 cities, 12 countries, and three continents. Over 4 million spectators have enjoyed this critically acclaimed show.
- The music is inspired by western pop culture and traditional Indian music. Six musicians play live music during the show: trumpet, trombone, bass, drums, percussion, saxophone, electric guitar, and keyboard. Plus two singers who sing live.
- There are more than 175 costumes and 160 hats in the show—1,080 items in all, including all costume items, shoes, wigs, etc.
- The KOOZA stage is the highest stage ever designed by Cirque du Soleil (39 feet vs 30–36 feet normally). The extra space is needed for the Jack-in-the-Box hydraulics. The four masts stand at 82 feet (25 meters) above the ground.
- 60 trailers are needed to transfer all the equipment and site elements from city to city.
- The Big Top is 56 feet (20 m) high, has a diameter of 164 feet (51 ms), and is comprised of 18 pieces of flame retardant vinyl canvas. Including the 11 tunnels it weighs approximately 11,500 pounds.
- 17,000 square meters (4.2 acres) are needed to house the entire site.
- About 120 people are on tour full time (including official accompanying members), representing about 20 different nationalities.
**Full Disclosure: I received free tickets to the show in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are totally mine.