The problem with Cirque du Soleil is that you’re already expecting something spellbinding before you even set foot inside their magical circus tent.
Ever since laying down their foundations in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has been home to the world’s most talented acrobats and the performers in KOOZA are certainly no exception.
With the bar set high from the off, it’s a wonder how this show manages to top your expectations but through the various channels of traditional circus artistry, they do just that.
Here are just five of the reasons KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil will leave you totally awestruck…
1. Seamless storytelling
It’s fair to say there’s a helluva lot going on throughout KOOZA but audiences needn’t fear, the show is sewn together seamlessly with some masterful storytelling. From the moment the first spotlight shines on a small clown (Vladislav Zolotarev) trying to fly his kite, we are locked in to his journey of fascination, discovering and adventure.
2. Traditional circus (without the cheese)
You’d be forgiven for thinking the circus wasn’t all that exciting in 2017, but that’s only until you’ve been introduced to the KOOZA clan. Cirque du Soleil’s clowns, Ghislain Ramage, Miguel Berlauga and Michael Jay Garner pop up regularly throughout the show, providing genuine lol-moments, magic tricks (of sorts), and first-class crowd participation.
3. Breathtaking talent
When the performers are this talented, it’s almost hard to fathom just how difficult their stunts actually are. A quick gaze around the stage confirms there are no hidden catches; minimal crash pads and a constant air of anticipation will have you on the edge of your seat.
4. A thrilling line-up
Aerial hoops, highwires, contortionists, a Wheel of Death, teeterboards, unicycles, a balancing tower of chairs and whole-cast dance sections make for a constant rally of thrills, all topped off with live music and an extravagant set design.
5. Something for social media
Prepare to leave the KOOZA world with more questions than answers, but in the best way. Trying to convey the performances to your mates on social media may prove more difficult that the tricks themselves so you’ll probably just offer to see it again with them.
KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil is now showing at Under The Grand, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne until 26 March – book now at Ticketmaster.com.au. The production will then move to Perth from 14 April.