Our modern times are powered by technology, commerce and caffeine. These can be stressful times, but for two hours you can forget your email, iPhone and the problems of the day-to-day living when you enter the magical world of Kooza.
A Night of Magic, Joy and Wonder
Thanks to the editors of WHERE Magazine Dallas, I was invited, along with other Dallas area Concierges to attend the opening night performance of KOOZA. As a long time fan of Cirque du Soleil shows, I knew I was in for a treat.
From the minds of the Montreal based Cirque du Soleil®, Kooza is the latest touring show to visit Dallas. From the moment you enter the big white tent, you are transported into a world of Cirque du Soleil’s creation. A world where clowns are kings.
Unlike the typical circus with elephants and lion tamers, KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil that 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.
“KOOZA is about human connection and the world of duality, good and bad,” says the show’s writer and director David Shiner. “The tone is fun and funny, light and open. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s very much about ideas, too. As it evolves, we are exploring concepts such as fear, identity, recognition and power.”
Circus in a Box
Even before the show starts, you get a taste of cirque. Clowns with enormous boxes of popcorn in search of their seats, lost tourist and a postman trying to deliver an ever-growing package. And if you are seating in the first few rows, you might become part of the show.
The main character is a young child (The Innocent) who is trying to fly a kite. Before he knows it, a postman delivers a magical package .
The show starts with the Trickster bursting onto the scene like a jack-in-the-box right in front of The Innocent, and that’s just the first of many surprises to follow. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Heimloss, the Pickpocket, the Obnoxious Tourist and the Bad Dog.
From a trio of contortionists, a fascinating duo on a unicyle, high-flying acrobatic acts and the utterly breath-taking Wheel of Death, every moment is filled with joy and wonder.
Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.
But, What is a Kooza?
The name KOOZA is inspired by the Sanskrit word “koza,” which means “box,” “chest” or “treasure,” and was chosen because one of the underlying concepts of the production is the idea of a “circus in a box.”
Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to return to Dallas with a new big top touring show KOOZA. The critically acclaimed production opens September 19 and runs until October 28 2012 for a limited engagement under the white Big Top, Lot E at 500 Memorial Drive beneath Reunion Tower.