The show ends with a charmless Chinese chair balancer, but he is outshone by a ‘wheel of death’ duo who run round little hamster wheels attached to a giant, suspended spanner which rotates over the stage like a wind turbine.A trapeze artist plummeted to the ground in an accident during a Cirque du Soleil performance in Australia.
There is a conscious attempt to take circus arts back to their beginning in its direction; Kooza “rekindles the memories and emotions associated with circuses of old, and brings together two century-old circus traditions” according to the programme.
The show delivers and then exceeds the standards it sets for itself with two hours of edge-of-the-seat entertainment that had the audience, on several occasions, audibly gasping.
Too much deviation from the format would offend the marketing department.
The two female singers, with their siren dresses and long hairdos and floaty shifts, bubble away like Dame Cleo Laine singing through an oxygen mask, crooning in what might well be Pingu-speak or a cousin tongue of that spoken by our old friends The Clangers. The ‘unexpected universe’ is unexpected only if you have never been to a Cirque show.
Since retiring from competitive gymnastics, she has been performing dazzling but dangerous aerial hoop acts as a circus performer for several years.
There is something to be said for going back to basics.Cirque du Soleil has been getting bigger, flashier and flabbier too in some theatrically over-poised, acrobatically underwhelming shows of late.So it is almost a surprise that Kooza doesn’t give us more of the same, but reclaims the world-famous Québecois circus from the garish lights of Las Vegas, to offer something smaller, sleeker and far, far sparkier.From the on-set of the 280 minute spectacle of impeccable, thrilling world-class acrobatics, right until we got home, the whole experience still had us mesmerized as we recounted our favourite segments to each other. Since its inception in Quebec, Canada back in the early ’80s, Cirque is now synonymous with world-class acrobatic acts.Today, more than 160 million people have seen a Cirque act.The stage is lit with blues and greens and oranges. A childlike figure is trying, sans success, to fly a kite. Three Mongolian women bend their limbs like rubber pencils, as they always do.