Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA

Rebecca Varidel
24th Oct 2016

Amidst much foot stamping and shouting woohoos and whistling and hand clapping, amidst the Cirque du Soleil fun under the big top, my friend leaned over and confided "I wished I had had a chance to see a circus with animals." Of course today that no longer happens.

However, this current season of Cirque du Soleil does bring back some of the elements of the traditional circus - albeit without the animals - with KOOZA focusing on traditional clowning. 

It's a bundle of laughs! Just like in the olden days the clowns are running around the ring even before the show officially starts. The comic vignettes continue between acts, and are headline acts unto themselves. It is a very French in its sensibility. The clowning includes much slapstick, and there are more subtle nuances of comedy also.

Alongside the laughter, are the other well known elements of Cirque du Soleil - the acrobatics. Where is the safety net on that trapeze? It's not just one, but a double high wire. And why do they call that spinning contraption the Wheel Of Death?

And the costumes. Amazing costumes that travel the world with the top line world class Cirque du Soleil performers. There is a whole art to designing creating and maintaining these treasures that add to the spectacular.

Together, this Cirque du Soleil makes for terrific entertainment no matter whether you are a still a kid, or just a big kid. 

I received this text from my friend the next day. 

"Cirque was so amazing. More unbelievable the more I think of it."

"It's nice sometimes how something feels after it just sits for a while, isn't it" I replied as I too remembered how fantastic our night had been.

KOOZA is on at the Entertainment Quarter Showring until Sunday November 13th. For more information, visit the Cirque du Soleil website

Photos: Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil