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Cirque du Soleil’s, “Kooza”

Have you ever been to the circus? As of September 20th, I have! This is no ordinary carnival, however, for I went to the famed Cirque du Soleil. And so can you, until October 8th.

Cirque du Soleil is the best productions of live performance I’ve ever seen. The show was absolutely amazing. The lighting, the costumes, the live music, the crazy stunts, the clowns―oh those three hilarious clowns.

For those who have heard but don’t exactly know, Cirque du Soleil is a Quebec-based company recognized all over the world. The circus features high quality entertainment forcing people to be more aware of their imaginations and invoke their senses and emotions. The theme of the current show is Kooza, meaning box, chest, or treasure. This is mainly referring to “circus in a box”.

As I assume with the other shows, Kooza told a wonderful story of when a boy receives a box, and a colorful (literally and figuratively) man springs out and helps the boy unleash

his imagination. The show is interactive as the mood changes from upbeat and joyful to eerie and sinister to smooth and calm all in the blink of an eye.

Memorable acts, to me, included a nail-biting performance by a solo trapeze performer, a man riding unicycle with woman standing on his head, and last but certainly not least, a tightrope quartet who were dancing, jump roping, fencing, and bicycling, all on the rope! There was a woman who took hula hooping up a notch (or seven), as she spun seven rings around her body. The most memorable, however, was the wheel of death. One of the performers made his way atop the center ring rather than inside it, and proceeded to jump rope as the ring circled down, and gravity took its effect. The audience procured a most literal form I can imagine of deafening applause.

All in all, Cirque du Soleil Kooza, was breathtakingly awesome in the truest sense of the word. There was a great use of exaggerated mute acting, and using music to tell the story was a marvel. The colors and lighting really brought everything to life. The stage mechanics, too, were impressive and contributed a lot to the show. Volunteers were also a large contribution to the overall attitude of the show. Volunteers would come up on stage, and by volunteers, I mean victims picked by the clowns and then peer-pressured by the rest of the audience. I watched a man named Ian go onstage, looking as if he were on the verge of peeing his pants, for the clowns had absolutely embarrassed the first volunteer. It was like watching someone getting picked for The Hunger Games. But… in a hilarious way.

Cirque du Soleil is a great production, and I’d love to attend another one of their shows. Anyone who hasn’t seen this shows has the highest of my recommendations to see it while you can.

Written by Nifa Kaniga

Staff Writer