But could you imagine a story that takes you to places so unknown that you can almost like you’ve been transported to a different land and era?
Luzia is that kind of story.
In fact, Luzia is a Cirque du Soleil show that has been inspired by the richness of the Mexican culture. The show is inspired by the sights, sounds and soul of the nation of Mexico. Sure, considering that Mexico is our southern neighbor, you would think that we know all there is to know about the heartland of the Aztec Empire. And it’s the perfect excuse for a family night at the circus.
Luzia is Mexican in flavor, but international in spirit. The show has a cast of 44 artists from 15 different countries. It’s also Cirque du Soleil’s 38th production since 1984. According to the producers, the show is presented in a specially designed white and yellow Big Top designed based on the solar system to reflect the importance of space and especially the moon in the Mexican culture.
Simply put, Luzia is amazing. You can say it makes a splash (literally considering how much water is used throughout the show), but that would be an understatement. The show is captivating for both adults and children of all ages. It’s luminous and it’s full of rich Mexican flavor and colors. The performers managed to energize the audience so much so that the tent felt like it was bursting at its seams. I had an opportunity to preview the show in San Francisco. There was excitement, laughter, awe and thunderous applause throughout.
Luzia’s story revolves around a man who falls from the sky and lands in Mexico. This goofy yet lovable character provides most of the comedic scenes typical to Cirque. His never-ending quest for water (to drink it, to swim in it, or simply admire it) roused both sympathy and laughs from his audience.
The audience was engaged in more than just one act and the stage presence was unlike any other Cirque Du Soleil I have seen during my lifetime. The incorporation of light, water, song and instruments, costumes and the moving stage was phenomenally unconventional. The visual imagery is absolutely breathtaking. Compared to some other Cirque shows, it wasn’t as focused on the acrobatics as much as it was about creating a vivid image.
The best part is that the show gives families and children an opportunity to see a different side of Mexico. In fact, one that you wouldn’t normally see through textbooks, Hollywood movies, or heck, even a Spring Break trip to Cancun. The show doesn’t have a set theme, but instead the performers take you through a series of wonders inspired by the Mexican landscape.
The vivid spectacle ends in a fiesta (what else could we expect?), with all the characters and the dropped-in clown gathered around a long dinner table. The party was on, but then everybody froze except for the guest.
Hopefully Luzia, through it’s waking myriad of visuals, will inspire you to experience a different kind of Mexico. Trust me when I say it’s a true family affair.
Luzia’s Northern American tour kicked off with a premiere in Montreal, Quebec. It then made it’s way to the United States by first visiting San Francisco in November and is scheduled to hit several different cities including San Jose, Calif., Seattle, Denver, Chicago and Phoenix.
Tickets for Luzia presented by Cirque du Soleil range from $49 to $295. For more information call, 1-800-450-1480 or simply visit www.cirqdusoleil.com.