My husband and I have been together for 12yrs, married for 5 of those years, and since one of our first experiences together as a couple was Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo, we often return to a Cirque show to celebrate special occasions together. This anniversary that show was Luzia.
As this anniversary approached, we didn’t really have a plan; as I have been struggling with HG we were unsure whether I’d be up for an evening out. However, at the last minute we were able to reserve tickets to Luzia and decided to make an evening of it. To say that I’m glad we went is an understatement. The show is just beautiful!
Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia is a mesmerizing love letter to Mexico. The show beautifully embodies varying elements from Mexican culture; our folklore, our music, our customs, and our country’s riches.
The opening act begins with a voice over telling the audience to fasten their seat belts and set our phones to airplane mode as if we were on a flight to Mexico. A spotlight focuses on a figure at the top of the Grand Chapiteau and we see a clown parachuting in the air held by a harness and invisible wire. He brilliantly performs the physicality of an actual sky diver or parachuter which combined with his hilarious facial expressions makes for a highly comedic opening.
Upon landing, the clown embarks on a dream journey through Mexico which takes you through a variety of tastes of its folklore some traditional, some modern but all a vivid, vibrant, celebratory depiction of Mexico. In true Cirque fashion; 16 creators under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberte and Jean-Francois Bouchard expertly weave the mastery of acrobatics and circus flair with technological elements such as the projection of images in the falling “rain” and robotic watering can creatures to heighten the magic of the show. Between the daring acrobatics, the gasp-inducing caliber of talent onstage, the breathtaking costumes and scenery, and the music; the show is definitely a memorable experience. Speaking of the music; if you’re a regular Cirque patron, you’ve likely noticed that Cirque productions have a distinct musical signature to their compositions and Luzia does not disappoint in that department. If anything, it surpasses the expectation laid by its predecessor productions. Somehow, in Luzia Cirque composer Simon Carpentier manages to brilliantly pay homage to Mexican musical styles like Mariachi, Cumbia, and Pop Latino while maintaining the signature artistic sound that is unique to Cirque. In fact, we loved the music so much that we bought the album. We’ve only done that one other time!
While we didn’t take the munchkins with us to this show, because, well, it’s our anniversary and we wanted alone adult time; this show is completely family friendly. In fact, there were several kids of varying ages in the audience. Had it not been our anniversary, we would’ve treated our girls to this enriching experience as well. The colors, the music, the scenery, and the acts are definitely something that will be enjoyed by the whole family. If you do decide to make it a kid-free date night, I highly recommend springing for the VIP lounge passes. We were so glad we did; it includes an open bar 45 minutes before the show which includes popcorn, treats, and non-alcoholic beverages (which this preggo appreciated), as well as a selection of wine and beer. The lounge is also open during intermission which was considerably more comfortable than standing around for 25 minutes. Again, this preggo really appreciated that!
The Grand Chapiteau is fairly small so most seats are good view; however, I would stay clear of outer edge seats on the side sections, those were blocked by the lighting and sound scaffolding. Luzia is running until March 25th and I can’t recommend it enough!
Have you seen it? Or are you planning to see it? Drop me a line and let me know what you thought!