Saltimbanco by Diny 

KOOZA, the newest Cirque du Soleil’s act, is going to held its opening act on October 4 this year under the Grand Chapiteau, Broadway/Kellog Lot (Downtown Saint Paul). Tickets are on sale now for all Cirque Club members, according to the email they sent me. We’re looking at 50 bucks per person at least and 35 bucks for kids under 13. But it’s so gonna worth it!

According to their site, KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It 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. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Pickpocket, and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.

 My first encounter with Cirque du Soleil was in 2003 in Treasure Island at Las Vegas: Mystere. It was an amazing show and it’s just hard to explain how you felt when you saw one of Cirque du Soleil’s performance for the first time. Even for the second time. The four of us (plus a frind) were in Paris, France, in 2004 and we watched Saltimbanco. It was hilarious and even my 2 year old son (then) could understand the humor in it. Most recently, was DELIRIUM in Des Moines, IA. I must say, this one’s my last favorite. Normally, when you watch one of their shows, you’d catch that they’re using their own language in the dialog. It’s like a made up language. Even the songs. But DELIRIUM was rather different. It’s a live music concert, basically, with acrobatic acts. Still awesome. Still with unbelievable super gigantic stage. Still with the most hi-tech sounds and lightings you could ever imagine.

KOOZA, I hope I’ll see you in October!