Last week, I was kindly invited to watch Cirque Du Soleil’s latest show in Perth, Kooza!
Kooza is a return to Cirque Du Soleil’s origins and a homage to the traditional circus show. It has a strong focus on acrobats, performances and clowns, but still features a little story arc.
I was a bit nervous… because I didn’t know what to expect, aaaaand I don’t really like clowns (especially the bit where they walk around the crowd to find a “volunteer” from the audience to come up onto stage)!
But I was completely blown away by the whole show.
Here’s a few photos from the Cirque Du Soleil website.
(Photos courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil. Photo by M. Beard.)
There were tightrope walkers, contortionist-type acrobats, a guy who balanced on 10 stacked chairs, 2 guys on a spinning wheel thing, jumping acrobats… and more.
When I write it all out like that, it sounds a bit unimpressive. And it sounds like you could see much cooler stuff on TV or YouTube?
But no! To see it IN REAL LIFE was just mind blowing! These guys were doing the most AAAAMAZING tricks, with such talent and skill, I was frozen with terror, wonder, astonishment and relief!
My mouth was open from utter disbelief for most of the show. My heart was pounding, leaping out of my chest, or stuck in my throat. For some parts, I had to cover my eyes with my hands and peek through my fingers. And other parts, I laughed out loud with delight.
It was true, traditional, entertainment of the senses.
Real Life definitely beats YouTube!
After the show, my husband and I were invited for a backstage tour. We were lead out to a very large tent out the back, where the performers worked, trained and relaxed.
Those things hanging from the ceiling are all the feathered head pieces used in the show, hung upside down for storage.
I met one of the performers, who was just lovely!
I had instant arm envy.
We took a peek at the costume wardrobe, which was enormous. Just imagine taking this photo above and laying it out side-by-side four times and you’ll get an idea how many costumes there were.
Interestingly, we were told that a lot of the costumes get damaged after every show and have to be repaired.
Or sometimes some of the performers gain or lose weight, so costumes have to be adjusted to fit. Hence the sewing machines in the foreground.
Here’s a close up of some hats.
I loved the little details!
In the days before 3D printers, specialised spare parts for the costumes used to be sent in from overseas and would take weeks to arrive.
But now the travelling team can print out their own spare parts!
And here’s something that caught my eye.
A wall full of labelled cups to remind me that despite the “magic of the big top”, acrobats and performers are normal people with jobs too.
A big thank you to Cirque Du Soleil for the wonderful experience!
Kooza runs in Perth until 11 June, with tickets starting at AUD$60.
You can also get Family 4-Pack tickets or Premium Tickets with a Backstage Tour. Parking is an extra $15 and refreshments were a bit expensive, so make sure you pack your own if you take your kids.