A theatrical company with a prestigious reputation, the progressive and inspiring Cirque du Soleil have been wow-ing audiences around the world since their founding in 1984. Currently, it is the largest theatrical production company in the world, delivery multiple shows at many locations simultaneously.
KOOZA itself first premiered in 2007, and has been touring ever since. Its longevity testament to the performers who are brought in and its timeless story-line that truly resonates with the audience. It follows the journey of “the Innocent”, a naive child-like character who is blissfully unaware of the world around him.
Staged in a performance space inspired by a traditional touring circus tent, the performance itself utilises clowning in combination with acrobatics to create a breathtaking piece of work that leaves you spellbound and on the edge of your seat. Each “act” typifies another stage in the Innocents journey, with comic relief provided in the form of the King of Fools and his two clown sidekicks. Meanwhile the “ringmaster” character – known as “The Trickster” – constantly enables the performance to move forward with aplomb.
Watching the cast of KOOZA perform, it is hard to describe them as anything other than athletes. They are at the peak of their physical powers, pushing themselves beyond the boundary of what could be expected. The risk involved should not be taken lightly either, with several deaths haunting the troupe over the last couple of years, although none of them in this particular touring show.
Technically, this show cannot be described as anything other than a triumph. From the carefully orchestrated scenes, to the deliberate foot positions, and the well-organised “distractions” to mask the scene changes, everything had its place and nothing could be deemed unnecessary.
Superlatives constantly roll off the tongue, and none of the praise unwarranted. In spite of their reputation, many of the work must truly be seen to believe. And whilst some may scoff at their ticket prices, I would argue that they are a bargain when compared to some other shows that honestly cannot compete with what they offer.
I’ll be honest, this isn’t a great review, but the spectacle that is KOOZA is hard to put into words. If the opportunity ever comes your way – or if another Cirque du Soliel show comes to a city near you – don’t think twice. Don’t worry about the cost. Just go,