/ The Seattle Traveler
Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on June 6, 2010 at 7:03 pm
Filed under: circus, entertainment, family, featuredarticle

Amazement & Awe at Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA

Cirque du Soleil is taking Seattle by storm with its current product, KOOZA, now playing under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau in Marymoor Park.

KOOZA Chinese Chairs

KOOZA: Chinese Chairs

KOOZA is derived from a Sanskrit word that means box, or chest, or treasure, and it deftly foreshadows what’s to follow – a circus in a box.  This modern circus has no ring and no animals, instead incorporating act around a storyline and theme.  KOOZA combines two of the most respected circus traditions – acrobatics and clowning – in a production that features a blend of slapstick comedy and physically demanding performances.

The theme for KOOZA is the world of duality, good and bad.  As it evolves, we explore concepts of fear, identity, recognition and power, as experienced through the primary characters:  the Innocent, the Trickster, the King, the Heimloss, the Pickpocket and his Bad Dog.

We are treated to performances including contortionists, trapeze artists, duo unicycle riders, high wire act, the incredible Wheel of Death (the first time performed under the Big Top), hoop manipulations, Chinese chairs, the teeterboard, and clowns.  There’s a fair amount of audience participation too!  You’ll laugh, you’ll hold your breath, you’ll gasp in amazement and delight, and you’ll ask yourself many, many times, “how do they do that?”

The beginnings of Cirque du Soleil date back to the early 1980’s in Quebec where a couple of your street performers entertained anyone who was around.  Through an evolution of the troupe, and a series of business ups and downs, the circus grew from 73 employees performing one show, to over 5,000 employees performing 21 shows around the world.

In addition to KOOZA, current Cirque du Soleil shows include:

Touring shows:

  • Varekai (Europe)
  • Dralion (Mexico)
  • Quidam (South America)
  • Corteo (Japan)
  • OVO (North America)
  • Cirque 2010
  • Saltimbanco (Europe)
  • Alegria (North America)
  • Banana Shpeel

Resident Shows:

  • Mystere (Treasure Island, Las Vegas)
  • “O” (Bellagio, Las Vegas)
  • Zumanity, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil (New York-New York, Las Vegas)
  • La Nouba (Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando)
  • KA (MGM Grand, Las Vegas)
  • The Beatles LOVE (The Mirage, Las Vegas)
  • ZAIA (The Venetia Macao Resort Hotel, Macau)
  • CRISS ANGEL Believe (Luxor, Las Vegas)
  • ZED (Cirque du Soleil Theatre, Tokyo)
  • Viva ELVIS (ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas)

Seasonal:

  • Wintuk (Madison Square Garden, New York, November – January)

Take a little preview look at what you can expect at KOOZA:

Location:  Under the Big Top in Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE in Redmond (map)

Dates & Times:  Additional shows have been added, and it will now run through July 11th, 2010.  Tuesday – Thursday at 8 pm; Friday and Saturday at 4 pm and 8 pm; Sunday at 1 pm and 5 pm.

Tickets:  Prices start at $45 for adults, $31.50 for kids, and $40.50 for students and seniors.  Packages and the Tapis Rouge VIP option are also available.  KOOZA tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 1-800-450-1480.  Service charges apply.

Photo credits:  Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

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    Marymoor Park
    6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast, Redmond, WA
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    2 Comments

  • Juan Gonzalez says:

    I’ve been such a big fan of Cirque du Soleil since the early days that sometimes I forget that some people are just now discovering some of the shows I’ve seen over the years. I may be wrong but I think Kooza was here in Toronto 3 or 4 years ago!

  • I’m a HUGE fan, too, ever since I saw my first show (Nouvelle) in Las Vegas about 15 years ago. I’ve still got a couple of house shows there to see, but am hoping to see the new Elvis one next time I’m in town.

    KOOZA been touring North America for a couple years now, but has just made its way to the West Coast. It seems that we’re always on the end of the touring cycle.

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