Cirque Du Soleil is back in Vancouver from October 29 – December 27, 2015 at Concord Pacific Place right by Science World. I was invited to the premiere night and I was super excited since all of the Cirque du Solei shows I’ve seen so far are awesome. If you don’t want any spoilers, don’t continue with the rest of this post.
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 colourful melange that emphasizes bold slapstick humour.
The show had its world premiere in April 2007 in Montreal and has since played in over 47 cities in 12 countries, on three different continents.
At first I didn’t really know what to expect from the performance, but it was one of the best Cirque du Soleil shows I’ve seen in Canada.
Before you head into the tent to get to your seats, remember to grab a selfie with this photo wall.
Depending on when you come in, there may be a bit of a line up to get in.
The inside of the tent is pretty neat.
There’s a food and beverage station with snacks, candy, alcohol and ice cream. Its usually overpriced, so I would suggest you eat before coming to the show.
Let the show begin.
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.
One of the awesome acts of the night was the 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 High Wire, the Wheel of Death is positioned diagonally.
If you are in Vancouver, definitely check out KOOZA.