Cirque du Soleil's Kooza Opens Friday at Bicentennial Park

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Fight Club meets Slumdog Millionaire?
In the Cirque du Soleil production Kooza, an extremely naive, melancholy character known as the Innocent finds himself unable to launch a kite. Instead of giving up, he initiates a Fight Club-esque mental illusion in which a trickster appears in a box and begins to command the world using a wand. He shows the Innocent that the universe can be both playful and scary when one holds the power to control it.

Miami is the last stop on the North American tour of the Canadian show that mixes circus acts and street performance with Vegas-like opulence. New Times spoke to Cirque du Soleil's senior artistic director, Luc Tremblay, and got a preview of the impossible, death-defying acts that will be gracing the big top at Bicentennial Park.

"It's all about power," says Tremblay, about the storyline. Power, in this case, will be communicated via 11 acts featuring some of the best circus artists gathered from all over the world. They will contort their bodies into impossible human sculptures, balance on a 23-foot tower of chairs, command seven hula hoops at a time, and flip and turn bicycles atop a high wire. The show ends with the "wheel of death," a 1,600 pound rotating wheel positioned diagonally atop the audience, from which two artists leap and counter-rotate while performing acrobatic feats. 

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Don't try this at home.
Six musicians and two singers will play the accompanying soundtrack. "The music is an assembly of different styles," says Tremblay. "It is inspired by world beats, including some music from Bollywood." Guy Laliberté, the creator of the show, traveled extensively throughout India and his experiences formed a lot of the inspiration for visuals based on "Hindu culture, Pakistani buses, and Indian jewelry."

"As he goes further on his journey he sees the possibility of being joyful and taking charge of his life," Tremblay says about the Innocent. "He becomes enriched by the experience." And he's not the only one, as we, too, shall be enriched by the prospect of two nutso clowns performing life endangering leaps right above our faces.

Cirque du Soleil's Kooza opens Friday and runs through Sunday, December 19 at Grand Chapiteau at Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Shows are at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets cost $35-$248.50 for children and $50-$355 for adults. Call 1-800-450-1480 or visit cirquedusoleil.com
 


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Bicentennial Park - CLOSED

1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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