Koozå, whose name is inspired by the Sanskrit word "koza," meaning
"box," "chest" or "treasure," is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil,
highlighting the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and
fragility, presented in a colorful melange that emphasizes bold, slapstick
humor. Between strength and agility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony,
the show revives the sensation and emotion of the ring by bringing two circus
traditions - acrobatic performance and the art of clowning - back together again.
Koozå tells the story of a melancholy loner (The Innocent) in search
of his place in life, who becomes carried off into the world of The Trickster -
a charming, agile genie of sorts; a jack-in-the-box come to life - who created
the world of Koozå for his protege. "Koozå is also about human connection
and the world of duality, good and bad," says the show's writer and director
David Shiner. "The tone is fun and funny, light and open. The show doesn't take
itself too seriously, but it's very much about ideas, too. As it evolves we are
exploring concepts such as fear, identity, recognition and power."
Following the successful launch of Corteo in 2005, Cirque du Soleil wished
to get back to its roots, find simplicity in its shows (as Corteo has the largest
number of automation cues for a touring show up to that time) and celebrate the
essence of its original street-fair beginnings by getting back to basics. Therefore,
Koozå represents a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil and
combines two such 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.
Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and
harmony, Koozå 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.
|Premiere: ||April 19, 2007
|Type: ||Touring / Bigtop
|Status: ||Currently Touring
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