Video by Magda Katz
Cirque du Soleil’s newest show Luzia, will dazzle you in the tent at Citi Field. Luzia subtitled “A Waking Dream of Mexico,” is visually beautiful and by the time it finishes, you feel as if you have been given a glimpse into the whimsical world of Mexico. From the ocean, to the arid desert, to the rain that makes the acrobatic scenes stunningly beautiful, this is a Cirque du Soleil show that is back to basics, yet thrills at the same time.
The show is comprised of four main themes: Water as a source of inspiration, a sea of multiple faces, surreal menagerie, breaking down the barriers and is mostly in the round. Luziaconstantly moves due to the duel turn tables and the over the stage acrobatics. Traditional and contemporary circus disciplines take on a whole new level. Our guide is a traditional clown traveler (Fool Koller) who reminded me of lanky Wile E. Coyote. Borrowing from Mexico’s rich culture and traditions, he is dropped into a field of yellow marigolds. A monarch butterfly simulated by a running woman, guides him through different landscapes as birdlike acrobats fly through hoops. A rain wall had aerialists, trapeze artists, and ring dancers perform wet using a Cyr wheel and hoops to spins under a rain shower. The most illuminating and awning part was when the waterfall turned into a rain curtain and images of birds, fish, flowers and more shimmer down.
Some of the act included three men who fling a young woman into the air catching her as she shifts between them all dancing with ease. Two soccer stars who make performing with a ball astounding. A young contortionist who literally can move his body like it has no bones, had me closing my eyes he was so bendable. And the ending had nine equilibrists jumping from a pair of huge swings, going over our heads.
The puppetry of a metallic horse that gallops, an armadillo, a snake, a cockroach, cacti, a cougar were delightfully.
The set design, projections, lighting, costumes and live music were perfection.
This is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th and it is well with the trip to Citi Field.
Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia: Citi Field until May 26th.