CLOWIN' AROUND: On Thursday it opens in sunny San Diego. But come the beginning of April it will be ours. What am I talking about? Well, just one of the most impressive theaterical experiences to ever hit this planet. Cirque du Soleil is returning to Portland with its critically acclaimed touring show production KOOZA. The show premieres on Friday, April 9, 2010 for a limited engagement under Cirque's trademark blue-and-yellow" Grand Chapiteau" at the south end of the Marquam Bridge.
And, if it's anything like previous Cirque shows that have hit P-town, prepare to be dazzled, delighted and generally dumbfounded.
KOOZA is a return to the origins of the Canadian-based company that has taken the world (and particulary) Las Vegas by storm and showcases a combination two circus/Cirque traditions - acrobatic performance and the art of clowning.
“KOOZA is about human connection and the world of duality, good and bad”, says the show’s writer and director David Shiner. “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."
According to a New York Times review last spring Shiner (well known for his work on and off the Broadway stage) "introduces some carefully choreographed chaos and old-fashioned sideshow spark to the rock-solid formula" that is Cirque du Soleil's magic.
So as you watch the final days of the spectacle that is currently whooshing its way down the slopes of Vancouver, B.C., its worth remembering that there is another piece of Canada waiting in the wings for its spring fling in Portland. And, frankly, I just can't wait.
Tickets for KOOZA are available at 1-800-450-1480 or online atwww.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza.