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Cirque du Soleil's Kooza: the perfect blend of amazement, beauty and laughter

Going to the circus is always a special treat. Seeing clowns, stunts and magic under the Big Top is not just an enjoyment for children, but for everyone. When Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza came to town, the acrobatics and performers not only weaved a web of magic and art; they created a show that truly transported the audience to another world.

Kooza tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. When he receives a special delivery, he is introduced to The Trickster, who takes him to a magical world of art, music and acrobatics.

The Kooza performance 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 colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.

Various acts keep even the youngest audience members enthralled. Everyone’s jaws dropped as the trio of contortionists bend their limbs in impossible ways, all while forming beautiful live sculptural positioning with their bodies. The strength of these three women is impressive, and as they twist and writhe onto the floor, all you can say is, “wow.”

The solo trapeze artist and tightrope walkers are also visually stunning. These two performances are done high above the crowd. The acrobats’ strength and agility is put to the test as they fly through the air and perform their stunts.

Possibly the most exciting and frightening element of the circus show is the Wheel of Death. Kooza’s 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. Everyone’s hearts stop as the artists crawl out of the circle and manage to jump rope as the two ends of the spinning wheel spiral towards the audience. Even the most unimpressed audience members will gasp as the acrobats fly through the air.

In the midst of the death-defying feats, Kooza injects humor and lightness with the story of The Innocent’s travels. Along the way he meets the King of Fools, the Trickster, the Pickpocket, and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. From the beginning of the performance, these clowns interact with the audience, performing silly sticks and stunts. The Pickpocket was a particular favorite, as he managed to glean one particular gentleman dry of all his pockets’ contents, and even manages to take the tie he was wearing, all as the audience roars in laughter.

The combination of light elements, impossible stunts and beautiful colors makes Kooza a truly memorable show. When the opportunity to take your family to one of these shows comes, don’t hesitate to introduce them to one of the most amazing shows you’ll ever see.

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