Cirque du Soleil
Renowned for its tantalizing blend of death-defying acrobatics, captivating storytelling, and theatrical exuberance, Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA has made its much-anticipated return to the stage. As audiences again fall under the spell of this breathtaking spectacle, the show's Artistic Director, Gracie Valdez, shares her insights into what makes KOOZA a jewel in the Cirque du Soleil crown.
At its heart, KOOZA is a celebration of traditional circus elements. It uniquely combines the nostalgic ambiance of a classic circus with modern technological twists and awe-inspiring performances. The show is studded with "hit after hit," according to Gracie, who cites clown work, high-wire acts, and classic contortions as some of the audience's favourite moments.
KOOZA's narrative structure is compelling, allowing the audience to embark on a journey of discovery alongside the clown, The Innocent, a central character whose experiences help to create a profound connection between the unfolding drama and the audience. This clever narrative device ensures that the show's breathtaking acts resonate on an emotional level, adding depth to the spectacle that is genuinely moving.
"The beginning of the show is my favourite part," Gracie reveals. The audience is met with a closed, dark set that bursts into life, revealing a "simple but breathtaking" new world. The stunning transformation effectively transports the audience into KOOZA's imaginative world. Showstoppers like the double high wire act and the wheel of death, both thrilling and unique, take the experience to new heights. With the added beauty of exquisite costumes and the enchantment of KOOZA's music, every aspect of the show harmonizes to create an unforgettable experience.
In terms of energy and atmosphere, KOOZA leaves no emotional stone unturned. The show incorporates an impressive range of themes and moods, from awe and inspiration to love and fear. The production weaves graceful acts like hand-balancing with fear-inducing high-wire performances, all within the tapestry of an engaging narrative. "We go through everything! Love, excitement, and thrill!" Gracie exclaims.
The return of KOOZA has been a tremendous task, requiring Gracie and her team to navigate various challenges associated with touring a large-scale production. Despite this, Gracie remains focused on ensuring her performers' physical and emotional well-being, confident that a positive backstage environment leads to a magical performance. The result is a show that radiates joy and dedication, a testament to the collective passion of the KOOZA family.
In the end, the magic of KOOZA lies not just in the breathless acrobatics, mesmerizing music, or even its whimsical narrative. The true magic is found in the way it creates an emotional connection between performers and the audience, making every moment of the spectacle a shared journey of discovery. Through Gracie's guidance, KOOZA continues to charm audiences, proving that the classic circus's magic is timeless.