The circus always brings back fond memories of childhood – sitting under the big top (with the obligatory fairy floss and popcorn) and watching talented people do extraordinary things – but Cirque du Soleil takes circus to a whole other level.
If you haven’t yet experienced the wonder, the skill, and the bravery on display in a Cirque du Soleil show then I would recommend the whole family to snap up tickets to their latest production Kooza, playing under the Big Top at Skygate Brisbane Airport (near DFO), only until January 8.
Kooza is one their most acrobatically dangerous shows to date and combines the traditions of circus with exhilarating acrobatics and clowning.
But it’s not just the amazing acts that make Cirque du Soleil unique. The world class show is known for its vibrant visuals, from the highly designed costumes and makeup artistry to the technicolour lighting display. Accompanied by an outstanding soundtrack played by live musicians and singers, Kooza is a kaleidoscope of colour and sound – can you tell it’s one of my favourite shows to come to town?!
Some of the acts include Jimmy Ibarra and his jaw-dropping Wheel of Death, which will have you terrified and thrilled at the same time. The third generation circus performer, knew from the age of 14 when he first saw the act that it was the circus apparatus for him and has spent his life dedicated to perfecting the extreme sport.
Kooza also stars Brisbane girl and Olympian gymnast Lisa Skinner, in her first solo performance on the Aerial Hoop. After circus initial training in Montreal, Lisa was offered a position on Alegrìa in the Power Track Team and later became the dance captain for the cast. She then looked for a new challenge as one of the aerial artists in Quidam. When Kooza needed to replace the solo aerial artist for the Brisbane tour, she jumped at the opportunity. Unfortunately, last week Lisa took a fall during the show and is now recuperating.
For a sneak peak of Kooza, watch the video we took of the show:
Kooza will play at the Big Top, Skygate Brisbane Airport (near DFO), only until January 8. After the Brisbane season, Kooza will tour to Melbourne on January 20 and then onto Perth on April 13. For more information, see the Cirque du Soleil website.