Let Koozå blow your mind

Las Vegas. December 2012. The other travel bunnie and I wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil resident show but we found out that unfortunately during the two days that we were there we couldn’t secure a seat. The other travel bunnie told me that he’d seen a Cirque du Soleil show with his dad once and it was incredible, so seeing a Cirque du Soleil show was on our list for a long time.  

Fast forward to December 2016, I found myself standing in front of the Grand Chapiteau, almost mesmerised by the bright yellow and blue stripes of the exterior. We were there to see Koozå, an extravagant production by Cirque du Soleil, but I had no clue about what I was about to experience, and I was extremely excited. 

Premiering in Montréal, Canada, Koozå tells a story of a naïve clown who had a beloved kite that he just couldn’t manage to fly and then follows his journey through a magical world after he receives a box and meets the impeccably dressed Trickster. They explore a dazzling magical world and experience themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. There were so many moments throughout the show that I held my breath for the performers. The high wire performers seem to start at daring and just progress from outlandish to downright impossible feats. It was an incredible show to watch, everything from the sound and lighting to the extravagant costumes. Indeed the costumes of Koozå take inspiration from comic books and graphic novels, Indian and Eastern European art, as well as Gustav Klimt paintings. It was so much more than just a visual feast with the choreography and audience interaction making it a sensory overload. 

Koozå rekindles memories and emotions associated with circuses of old and brings together two century-old circus traditions - acrobatics and clowning but no, they are not your typical red nose, orange wig clowns. 

Koozå is in Brisbane until 8 January 2017. Let Cirque du Soleil take you to an unexpectedly magical universe and create memories that you will hold onto forever…

Disclaimer: with thanks to Cirque du Soleil for welcoming the bunnies to the show as invited guests, please note that my opinion is as always, my own.

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