I’ll be totally honest, when the girlfriend suggest that we go to the circus, overpriced cotton candy and suppressed animal rights were the first things to come to mind. As I found out, my impressions of circuses were severely outdated.
The girlfriend was actually referring to the internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soleil and the Toronto stop on its new Luzia tour.
Cirque du Soleil does not disappoint with this new show and pulls out all the stops with death defying acrobatics, stunning costumes and dancing, incredible visuals and waterfall features that will literally leave you breathless.
So I did not find any caged tigers, elephant trains or a ringmaster. But driving up, I was greeted to a big top tent which was comforting. The smaller tents all housed concessions and merchandise but there was definitely a circus like atmosphere in this place.
I was on the edge of my seat for most of the show and knew I was in for a pulse pounding experience as Luzia opened up with a trapeze artist ‘skydiving’ on to the rotating circular stage. When it comes to engaging the audience, Cirque literally grabs hold of you and will not let go.
Luzia is ‘freely inspired by Mexico’ and embraces aspects of the country’s cultural heritage, natural elements and of course, the music. A sexy Spanish soundtrack provides the audio backdrop and certain acts featured a vocalist whose songs brought down the house. The music drove my emotional responses and I felt a certain connection to the players and what was going on stage. Not bad for a cold heartless digital media editor.
I’m not sure if this is a cliche, but perhaps, no circus is complete without a juggler. And Luzia delivers again with a suspenseful act where the hero works his way up from 3 pins to juggling 6 pins. Things were happening so fast but I definitely remember seeing him perform a somersault mid-throw! His last trick was a high speed juggling run which gave off a laser like effect under the house lights. Amazing and yes, juggling really impresses me.
Stunning visuals, an emotionally engaging soundtrack and over the top action make Luzia a vivid luxury experience. This is a show that must be seen and heard to feel the energy that comes from Cirque du Soleil production. And while the cotton candy was over priced, it was the best darn cotton candy I had ever tasted.
Luzia shows in Toronto until October 16the and then heads to San Francisco in November.
By Doron Levy Courtesy TheTopTier Digital Media / Images courtesy Cirque du Soleil