Performance Review: Cirque du Soleil LUZIA

Set in an imaginary Mexico where dreams intertwine with reality, LUZIA transports its audience to a world of vibrant urban landscapes

If you have been lucky enough to see a Cirque du Soleil show before, you’ll have some idea of the magic you’re about to witness. Prior to seeing LUZIA, I had never seen a Cirque show in my life, and had never experienced a performance quite on this level. While I was prepared to be blown away, I was not prepared to be completely mind-blown.

Set in an imaginary Mexico where dreams intertwine with reality, LUZIA transports its audience to a world of vibrant urban landscapes, reminiscent of old movie sets, serene beaches and barren deserts, all while capturing the essence of both both classical and contemporary Mexico.

As we entered the Big Top tent, we were greeted with a circular stage decorated with a field of bright yellow flowers. This stage revolved throughout the show, and ensured that every single audience member had the best possible view from every angle, and were able to see performance from a range of different perspectives.

From jaw-dropping acrobats, to mesmerising aerialists, to an unbelievable contortionist, to the most perfectly pitched live music, the skill and dedication of each performer was simply astonishing.

The show follows the main character’s journey through make-believe Mexico. He is a charismatic man who seamlessly ties all the performances together. His hilarious stunts and gimmicks kept viewers completely engaged from start to finish.

While the cast often performed individually or in duos, you can truly see how these people are family. The way they work together, and support each other is so special to witness.

The show started out with a bang with with a red-feathered troupe showcasing their strength and agility on a moving treadmill, flipping, diving and tumbling through golden hoops with effortless grace.

A standout act featured a breathtaking golden duo of incredibly strong women, one who sore through the air on the trapeze, and the other who span effortlessly in a giant hoop. Their synchronised movements drew the audience’s eyes from the sky to the ground, leaving everyone completely in awe.

The strength of the acrobatics is hard to believe. One of the most gripping performances was a strong man who held himself on the thinnest of stilts in a death-defying hand-balancing act that had me, alongside the rest of the Big Top audience, holding our breaths.

The act that left my knuckles turning white as I gripped the edge of my seat involved two massive swings, that launched acrobats from one swing to another, as they flipped into the air, relying solely on their skill, their team and gravity to land safely. To be quite honest, I felt like I could breathe again once it was over and everyone was safely back on the ground.

For me, the most unforgettable performance of the show was the contortionist, who seemed to possess not a single bone in his body. My jaw was on the floor the entire time, witnessing the way he was able to move his body into unimaginable positions that just seemed impossible.

Each act showcased the most unparalleled skill and dedication. Special mention also goes to the football jugglers, a cyclist performing crazy handstands on a moving bike, and a captivating pole-dancing sequence, each bringing unique cultural and artistic elements to the show.

Amidst all this beauty were giant cockroaches, armadillos, trumpets, surreal bugs, and snakes, and a giant bean-stalk looking cactus, which brought the audience back to the desert-like setting.

The production’s major drawcard was the element of the rain and water, which took the show to the next level. The rain poured from above and drenched the performers, yet magically disappeared before the next act.

The precision with which the rain fell and created the shapes of horses, animals, flowers, and leaves was nothing short of mesmerising, elevating the entire experience to a new level of artistry. I truly don’t know how they created such clear shapes with water, but they did, and it was stunning.

To see an aerialist launch themselves into the sky, and spin around over and over again is one thing. To see an aerialist launch themselves into the sky, emerging from a small pool of water, and spinning around as water droplets propels off their body is another.

The live music element added a different dimension to the performance. Initially, I thought it was a soundtrack, but I soon realised there was a talented musical ensemble and a beautiful lead singer. Pay attention to her beautiful white dress that is covered in red flowers; they magically bloom as you look at them.

LUZIA transitioned so seamlessly from one scene to another because the choreography was so on point. The artists and performers are truly the best in the world at what they do. This was my first time seeing Cirque du Soleil, and I was utterly amazed. I want to go and see them every night they’re here. Seeing Cirque is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the experience is unforgettable.

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA
When: June 9th – July 7th 2024
Where: Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville SA 5034
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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