MILLER TIME:There are those who one day dream of running away with the circus. And then there those who don’t, but still end up under the big top. Or, in the case of Adam Miller, under Cirque du Soleil’s “Grand Chapiteau.”
Miller is the artistic director for Kooza, the latest creation to rotate through Portland from the circus-themed entertainment factory currently touring 18 shows all over the world.
Not long after April Fools Day, Miller and his cast and crew of nearly a hundred will stake out a large patch of land under the Southwest end of the Marquam Bridge with their distinctive yellow and blue enclave. It’s always a sight to behold, as surely will be the show, which opens April 9.
Kooza is a return to the origins of the Montreal-based company that has taken the world (and particularly) Las Vegas by storm and showcases a combination two circus/Cirque traditions: acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show’s writer and director David Shiner, says, “Kooza is about human connection and the world of duality, good and bad…the tone is fun and funny, light and open. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s very much about ideas, too."
As is Miller, who admits he landed a gig with Cirque almost by accident.
“I know (working for Cirque) is a dream for many,” Miller said from San Diego where the show played prior to its Portland stay. “But I never ever thought about it.”
Perhaps that because Miller’s dance card was full, literally.
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