July 01, 2010
Cirque du Soleil's "KOOZA"
If there were one word to describe this show, it would be something like "incredible" or "amazing," but that wouldn't just be enough. You'd have to add phrases like "unlike any other" or "refreshingly exciting." Because that's what the show was: all of these words coming together and creating an out-of-this-world blend of acrobatics and fearlessness.
You come away from the show in awe of these performers' talent and sheer boldness. Some acts keep you on the edge of your seat, hoping the performers stay alive and don't fall and break their necks; other sections of the show are beautiful and so fluidly enchanting; and others are pure comedy and slapstick humor that you can't help but laugh at.
There is one common thread throughout the whole show, though: a celebration of world cultures and an acceptance of every performer up there onstage. KOOZA was without a doubt a culmination of many nations, with music and costumes reflecting different languages and ways of life. And through all of the diversity, there was a deep love for acrobatics and performance that you could sense in the air and in the performers' bodies.
It was worth every cent of the ticket price, and I feel so lucky to have been able to go. It's one of those shows where, as soon as it's over, you want it to start all over again.