Cirque du Soleil’s newest creation, Luzia — A Waking Dream of Mexico, is now playing Seattle (Marymoor Park). In this special episode, Stark Insider goes backstage to explore the show that’s all about light (“luz”) and rain (“lluvia”).
As you’d expect from Cirque, the visuals and acrobatics are, once again, striking and unforgettable. As is the fantastical music and soundtrack. If the goal is to transplant us, to take us to somewhere else, to foster escapism, consider it a resounding success.
This time, however, things get a little bit surreal. Look for plenty of metaphors (nature), subtle nodes to modernity and “living embodiments of mythology.” Yes, there are layers galore in Luzia — and it makes the experience perhaps even more special than past shows.
In the Stark Insider review of Luzia, we called the new show a “mind-bending dream”.
Early reviews out of Seattle seem quite positive for Luzia:
In the Seattle Times review of Luzia, Misha Berson called Luzia “dazzling” and noted that it contains “the visual delights and stunning acrobatic talent one expects under the company’s Grand Chapiteau.” The writer also noted a mishap that happened on opening night when a female performer accidentally fell on her back. Fortunately she would end up being okay, and return later to the performance.
The News Tribune review of Luzia called it “magical” (and also noted the accident)
Backstage at Luzia by Cirque du Soleil:
You can watch the Stark Insider Luzia BTS video above. Watch as Loni Stark explores the backstage magic as only Cirque du Soleil can deliver.
Featured acts include: the Rain Curtain, Rising Red Dress, Hoop Diving, the Chinese Pole, Adagio, Trapeze, Football Dance, Clown in Rain, Masts and Poles, Swing 360, Straps, Oasis, Juggling, Contortion, Swing to Swing.
Plus, in this video we’ve included bonus footage from the U.S Premiere of Luzia in San Francisco.
1:15 – The Big Top aerial view
1:32 – Luzia story explained (Francis Jalbert) and rehearsals
2:10 – Meaning of the word “Luzia”
2:19 – The Rain Curtain
2:45 – Straps (Benjamin Courtenay)
3:15 – Chinese Pole (Maya Kesselman and Dominic Cruz)
5:10 – Rising Red Dress (computer-controlled)
6:50 – U.S. Premiere in San Francisco (footage from opening night with Loni Stark)
Luzia by Cirque du Soleil plays Seattle through May 21, 2017. The tour then continues through Denver and Chicago.