Cirque du Soleil Luzia Review: Why You Should See It in Calgary


Calgary, Travel / Sunday, August 25th, 2019
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Cirque du Soleil is in Calgary touring Luzia, and I had a chance to see it. As with other shows, it was a lively and exciting experience and I would highly recommend checking it out. If you want the details, here’s my Cirque du Soleil Luzia review.

I ABSOLUTELY love Cirque du Soleil, to date I’ve seen three shows (including Luzia) and I just cannot give their shows enough praise. They put on engrossing experiences that make you forget the outside world. 

Like a regular circus, Cirque du Soleil toured shows have the big tent, an engaging ringmaster (who is typically a clown-like individual that adds comic relief) and amazing costumes. But what sets their shows apart is the pageantry, storyline and overall presentation.

If you have a chance to check this show out, I would highly recommend it. For a little insight into what you’re in for, here’s my Cirque du Soleil review:

Adagio from LUZIA. Picture credit: Matt Beard. Costume credit: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016 Cirque du Soleil (Cirque du Soleil Press Kit).

Cirque du Soleil Luzia review

Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia is a tableaux of an imagined Mexico. From a beach film set to a water show featuring aerial straps, this show has an amazing flow through scenes featuring physics-defying acrobatics and haunting music.

Costumes

No Cirque du Soleil Luzia review would be fit without mention of their elaborate but functional costumes. Designed by Giovanna Buzzi, these costumes feature a collection of fabrics and colours that allow the lights to bounce and the performers to move gracefully.

My favourite costumes of the show probably came from the beach film set scene that look like they could be from an 80s beach TV drama (I’m looking at you Baywatch). They feature these flashy sequence shirts that are utterly amazing. 

I should also give an honourable mention to the cactus costumes, which featured performers dressed up in fabric cacti outfits.

Show Design & Acts

Luzia features 13 different scenes, ranging from (relatively) solo acts, like the jungle-themed aerial straps and the football dance which, while it features a few performers, rests it’s back on a prominent dancer with a football (or soccer ball for those of us from North America).

Since this is a Cirque du Soleil Luzia review, I’ll stick with talking about my favourite scenes so I don’t ruin the entire show for you. 

My favourite scene was by far the aerial straps, which featured a solo performer gracefully performing aerial. Half the scene was done in the rain and I couldn’t stop thinking about how easy it would be to slip. Cudos to him. It also didn’t hurt that he was quite attractive…

Other than that, the swing-to-swing acrobatics that featured performers jumping from one gigantic swing to another was a second favourite. It was particularly cool because the swings were on a turntable as well.

Hummingbird from LUZIA. Picture credit: Matt Beard. Costume credit: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016 Cirque du Soleil (Cirque du Soleil Press Kit).

Choreography 

I’m not an expert on choreography by any means, but no Cirque du Soleil Luzia review would be complete without mentioning it. 

According to what I found online, the show was choreographed by three individuals who specialize in acrobatics—Edesia Moreno Barata, Debra Brown and Silvia Gertrúdix González. And their work is amazing.

The show was flawlessly choreographed, and while there were a few “mistakes” that might have happened, notably people being unable to make a few jumps, that’s simply the reality of a live show. And, if anything, it really added to the authenticity of the performance.  

Experience

As an overall statement for my Cirque du Soleil Luzia review, I had a good experience. My favourite thing about Cirque shows is that they transport you out of reality into the world of the storytellers.

I also really enjoy the atmosphere of Cirque du Soleil shows—they have the smell and setting of a traditional circus with the popcorn and the big tent, but the showmanship of a big theatrical performance. 

The only thing that dampened my experience was the woman next to me who answered three calls during the show (I kid you not) and spent the rest of the second half texting. I was definitely not impressed. A word for future guests, turn your phone off because it’s incredibly disruptive to those around you.

I would also put a caveat out there that because it’s a travelling show, the seats aren’t exactly the most comfortable to sit in. So, prepare yourself!

Should you grab a ticket?

All-in-all, if you have the opportunity to check out Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia, I would highly recommend it. It’s a great way to spend the evening out whether you’re looking for a romantic evening, a sister-date or want a great way to celebrate your birthday.

You can get Cirque du Soleil tickets online. The show takes place under the big top tent that’s set up on the Stampede grounds.

Have you seen Luzia? Share your Cirque du Soleil Luzia review in the comments below!

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