Each and every year, I’m blown away by the magic created by Cirque du Soleil. Complete with clowns, jugglers and acrobats, CDS offers all the delights of the circus we all know and love but presents it with awe-inspiring beauty and imagination and jaw-dropping talent. Cirque du Soleil’s visually-stunning production LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico, opened on Friday, May 3 adjacent to Citi Field. Through June 9, Audiences are invited to a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended between dreams and reality.
Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.
With mesmerizing and refreshing acrobatic performances, LUZIA brings traditional and contemporary circus disciplines to a whole new level. 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. Hoop Diving is taken onto gigantic treadmills, expanding exponentially the speed and amount of daring leaps executed.
Jaw-dropping highlights include a male contortionist skillfully twisting his body in the world’s most unimaginable positions, a powerful Aerial Straps specialist defying the laws of gravity at the center of a cenote (natural sinkhole), and two football (soccer) freestylers deftly mixing street dance with mind-blowing soccer ball manipulation.
Luzia is not to be missed. Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia for more information and to purchase tickets (starting at $54).