This is the 3rd Cirque du Soleil Show I’ve been to and it was just as awesome as the Vegas shows. Kooza (Sanskrit for "treasure" or "box") uses an actual circus theme, complete with clowns, high wire acts, and other death defying stunts. One big difference from the other shows I’ve seen is the huge amount of audience participation. From delivery men giving packages to people actually getting pulled onto the stage, the show was hilarious and there was always something going on somewhere in the room. We spent the whole show nudging each other, saying, “Hey look over there.”
The storyline was original, impressive and flowed flawlessly from act to act. The music (live band and vocalist) fit the action perfectly! But was really stood out was the actual performance! The gymnasts were twisting their bodies in ways I never knew a human body could, the unicyclist could dance better on his one wheel than I could with both feet, and the tightrope acrobats were amazing! I don’t really care for clowns, but the ones in this show were hilarious and theirs parts in the show were perfect. The most amazing part for me, however, was the “Wheel of Death.” Appropriately named, I really thought those guys were going to die. Like watching a scary movie, I was squeezing my fists so tight my nails were driving into my palms. I had to remember to breathe; it was so terrifying and amazing.
Needless to say, I recommend this show to anyone who wants to have a great time. And I can say this from experience: It’s a great place to take a date!!
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Like Cortéo, KOOZÅ (Sanskrit for "treasure" or "box") is another show that goes back to Cirque du Soleil's older styles. Premiering in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 19 April 2007, the show's music is often inspired by South Asian (Indian) sounds. KOOZÅ makes use of a large traveling tower on the stage called a "bataclan". The bataclan moves over the course of the show and reconfigures the performing space.
This show was directed by David Shiner, who had previously worked as a clown in Cirque's production of Nouvelle Expérience. He was another example of Cirque's trend of using new directors for each new performance. His past experience being a clown and working with the Swiss National Circus ("Circus Knie") are an influence on the lighthearted and whimsical nature of the KOOZÅ production.