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been | KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil

KOOZA marks the return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil, the company that began in 1984 with a motley troupe of Quebecois street performers. Started by the venerable Guy Laliberte, KOOZA combines two circus traditions – Acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The premiere that took place in Auckland last night was a truly mesmerising experience, proving yet again that Cirque du Soleil company dominates in all aspects of production. They are simply unbeatable.

A dazzling performance that is in equal parts a well paced fable, slowly unraveling the world of acrobatic wonder and magic, while also being an electrifying operatic experience that keeps the audience on its toes throughout. (My eyes wide open, my heart skipped many a beat and I stopped counting how many times I held my breath while watching the action unfold.)

“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 Innocent (A new kid on the block, expertly played by Cedric Belisle) a loner and simpleton who is trying to fly his kite. He’s interrupted by the arrival of a mailman with a curious package – a jack-in-the-box containing a Trickster (Derek Piquette) who summons us into his new land filled with wonder, danger and dreams. He introduces The Innocent to the other colourful and comic characters – The King, The Heimloss, The Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog.

This is where the action begins. Music plays an important part in the production. Inspired by the sounds of western pop culture and traditional Indian music, it complements and adds to the drama of the acrobatic acts.

The main acts covered are  the sumptuous and beguiling Straps performance, Balancing on Chairs, Charivari, Contortion, High Wire, Hoops Manipulation, Teeterboard, Unicycle Duo and ultimate Wheel of Death.

As soon as you might feel the act is over, the performers realising their full human body potential, they up the ante and give you more than you have ever bargained for. The excitement build up is palpable until the very end.

A well deserving standing ovation followed.

Not to be Missed! Kooza by Cirque du Soleil will be performing over the following dates:

FEBRUARY 15, 2019 – MARCH 17, 2019

@ Alexandra Park