If you have never gone to a Cirque du Soleil performace, go now (run, don’t walk, to the nearest event)! We were fortunate enough to attend the upcoming show in Phoenix for KOOKA.
It was breathtaking, amazing, touching, insirpring and magical all rolled into 2 hours under a big top.
It was so much fun to step into a BIG TOP circus atmosphere, the seating was great, there isn’t a seat in the house where you would not be able to view the show. Everywhere you turned something was happening, it was a 360 degree experience. Even before the show starts there are clowns running around entertaining you with silly antics.
My husband and I attended and it was a night we will not ever forget. The day after we could not stop telling friends, family and co-workers how amazing the show was. I am truely at a loss for words of how enthralled I was every minute of the show.
I was concerned that a Cirque du Soleil show might be a bit over the top for my younger daughter, who is 6, but I would take her to see KOOZA in a heartbeat. While I have read other reviews that the show was too much for a small child, I believe it’s all in what you are comfortable with exposing your child to. There were some raunchy comedy parts, but they were so small and silly I did not find them offensive. There was nothing in the circus so over the top most modern day cartoon movie have, with some ‘adult’ humor that flies over a child’s head. So I would expose my child to an experience like this now that I know what it entails.
Some of our favorite performances were the Wheel of Death* and Contortionists, I am deadly afraid of heights and even watching these men perform theses amazing feats had my heart in my throat! I loved how they balanced the dramatic performances with the lightheartedness of laughter with the clowns and the passion of the “Innocent” in awe of everything going on around him. I felt like I was a child experiencing the awe of magic for the first time. I will be going back to see Cirque du Soleil in the near future.
*KOOZA’s 1,600-pound Wheel of Death rotates at heart-stopping speeds, powered only by the two artists who leap and counter-rotate in a death-defying display of fearless acrobatics and astonishing teamwork. Like the Highwire, the Wheel of Death is positioned diagonally stage left to stage right in order to break with the usual symmetry and bring the action as close as possible to the audience.
About the Show from Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.
KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It 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.
The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Pickpocket, and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog.Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.
I was given tickets to attend the show in exchange to promote the show and review the show. My comments and opinions are 100% my own and are in no way influenced.