Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mexican Cirque du Soleil LUZIA remains in Los Angeles until Feb.11 2018

Reporter on site: Karen Ostlund
Photo credit: Matt Beard

 Trapeze artist, acrobats, beach clowns, jugglers and surrealistic animals.

 Mexican Cirque du Soleil LUZIA will remain at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium, under the big tent during Christmas and New Year Holidays - and perform until Feb. 11 2018.

LUZIA premiered first in April 2016 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production since 1984. The show takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.
Luzia costumes by Giovanna Buzzi

 Luzia is rich in costumes by Giovanna Buzzi,  and enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – for the first time of a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

The prologue of the show is the sound of a plane is fading away as a parachutist is free falling towards a land of memories, a field of flowers called yellow marigolds - surrounding a gigantic metallic key. As the clown turns the key by curiosity, the traveler gets taken away on a magical journey through time and place, somewhere between dreams and reality,  and the show starts with the running woman and a metallic horse together to awake this imaginary Mexico journey.
As the morning sun rises, a woman and a metallic horse in the background run together to awake the imaginary Mexico where the journey of the traveler will take place. The running woman spreads her “butterfly wings” in a tribute to the annual- migratory journey of the monarch butterfly from southern Canada to central Mexico.

The world of LUZIA is populated by surrealistic animals of all sizes

Through a series of grand visual surprises and acrobatic performances, LUZIA invites audiences to escape on a surrealistic journey through a sumptuous and vibrant world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA  brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.
Integrating the element of water to a Big Top show is a first time at Cirque du Soleil. The idea of placing a water basin under the stage floor and creating a rain curtain paid huge dividends on the acrobatic front.Cyr Wheel artists perform the unprecedented feat of rolling and spinning under the rain, while an aerialist suspended from a Trapeze flies and twirls through pouring showers.

A set of multiple faces

LUZIA takes audiences from an old movie set to the ocean to the semi-desert to an undersea world to a cenote to the jungle to a city alleyway to a dance salon – passing smoothly from an urban setting to the natural world, past to present, tradition to modernity.

Acrobatic and artistic scene

Jugglers at LUZIA

LUZIA explores the combination of hoop diving – a traditional circus discipline from China – and two giant treadmills to generate speed and expand the discipline’s acrobatic vocabulary. The two treadmills can operate in the same direction or in opposite directions. Artists use the treadmill as a launching pad to perform daring leaps through the hoops.

Swing acrobats at Luzia, Cirque du Soleil

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