Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Cirque du Soleil Kooza Review and Behind the Scenes Special





The arrival of the internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soleil's sensational new show Kooza in Australia, heralds the eighth successful tour of the company in this country. Kooza is a dazzlingly exciting spectacle that sees a return to the roots of the circus and showcases an extraordinary performance that is colourful, comical, beautiful and acrobatically thrilling.



The Cirque du Soleil's Kooza is currently playing in Melbourne for a limited season beneath its distinctive Big Top at Flemington Racecourse. As with all visiting Cirque du Soleil extravaganzas, make sure you take the time to see this unforgettable show.


Kooza provides over two hours of exquisite escapism. The show sees audiences guided seamlessly on a journey which incorporates the joy of traditional clowning and draws from a sensory well of themes throughout, frequently centering on childhood concepts. (This latter point being particularly true of the costumes.)


Kooza offers spectators an edge-of-the-seat thrill ride via its incredible display of outstanding acrobatics for which this high-class circus is renown.


Photos: Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil
The show's title Kooza is derived from the Sanskrit word 'koza' meaning 'box.' (Also chest or treasure.) One of the underlying concepts of the Cirque du Soleil's Kooza, is the idea of a 'circus in a box.'


The story of Kooza revolves around a pure and childish character known as The Innocent, who is taken on a journey of self discovery through a magical visiting kingdom full of eccentric characters and 'out-of-the-box surprises.'


The world of Kooza is enchantingly magical, whimsical, colourful and energetically exciting as well as frequently comic, breath-taking and unbelievable. There are heart-stopping acts that display feats of physical strength and bravery, as well as moments of pure awe and beauty throughout.


Kooza has an ever-evolving set to accompany its magical storyline. The stage is never blanketed in either silence or darkness, but instead swells with movement, music, spectacle and magical wonder, much like the performances themselves. The audience are at times, treated to these same joys of liveliness too, (beyond the role of otherwise static spectators), either via the slapstick performers' antics or the magical 'confetti canon,' which fires colour and excitement into the crowd at regular intervals.

Photos: Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil

The excitement of the varied acts moves into an ethereal realm with the addition of a stunning array of costumes by Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt. The talented costume designer drew just some of her inspiration for the look and feel of Kooza, from an immense pool of cultural avenues including the Mad Max movies, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, clock movements, tin soldiers and children's book illustrations. The results are truly magnificent and add a whole new dimension to this sophisticated show.

Photos: Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil

The Cirque du Soleil's Kooza includes a cast of 50 performers and 20 nationalities. The company employs close to 4000 people worldwide, of which 1300 are artists. Since 1984, more than 160 million spectators worldwide, have seen a Cirque du Soleil show.

Photos: Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil



Six Little Hearts were given an exclusive opportunity just recently, to experience the backstage world of the Cirque du Soleil's Kooza. (We were lucky enough to be invited to do the same when the Cirque du Soleil's Totem was in Melbourne.)


The opportunity to engage with the cast and crew and take a peek into the world of a big international production is very much a privilege and one we always enjoy. We hope you enjoy these images!





'The Trickster' - The 'creator' of the world of Kooza within the show.
Actors are trained to apply their own makeup prior to each performance.

A Court Clown poses for a quick giggle!


Our backstage glimpse was led by Kooza's Touring Publicist Mami Ohki who showed us around the exciting world of the Cirque du Soleil normally off-limits to the general public. It's a wonderful experience to see the props, costumes and performers in their personal training space up close, and it really gives you a sense of the scale of 'spectacular' this international show encompasses.  



Meticulously hand-sewn caps hang ready to wear along with an assortment of props.

High-wire cycles are stored safely along the frame of the tent's walls where space can be capitalised.

Kooza's performers engaged in a post show warm-down.

Dry cleaned costumes are aired in a reserved area. Costumes are laundered both on-site and via contracted dry-cleaners following every single show. It's washing on a mammoth scale for all involved.

Extra large and delicate costumes are hoisted to the tent's ceiling for safe storage.

Hand-pieced wigs await their next dazzling performance.


The touring wardrobe area backstage houses a complete range of spectacular spare costumes,
each individually made in Montreal to each actor's specifications.



Exquisite costume detailing up-close.


A backstage technician explains the mechanics of the canon used throughout Kooza.


The Cirque du Soleil's Kooza is currently playing in Melbourne under the Big Top at
Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Road, Flemington. The show runs until March 26th before relocating to Perth and Singapore.
Tickets start at just $60 and there are a variety of special ticket packages on offer.
To purchase tickets, visit the Cirque du Soleil Kooza website. 
Alternatively call 1800 036 685 for tickets and further information.




*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts were guests of the Cirque Du Soleil Melbourne for this amazing backstage experience
and received tickets to Kooza in exchange for this feature. All opinions expressed are those of this blog's Author.
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14 comments:

  1. Looks like a whole lot of fun and it's coming to Perth next. I should check the dates for Singapore and see they line up with our trip in May.

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    1. Don't miss it! Cirque is always worth watching when they're in town.

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  2. We saw Kooza in Sydney - we're a bit addicted to Cirque and have seen many performances in Australia and beyond. Kooza was one of our all time favourites though - backstage looks so much fun!

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    1. What a wonderful show! Backstage is always the icing on the cake. I am always so excited to share the experience. :)

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  3. Looks amazing! And how exciting that you got to go backstage too. Lucky things! #teamIBOT

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  4. I love Cirque. We go every time they come out - it's one of the few things all 5 of us like. Just saw Barbu, and a few of them were ex Cirque (obvs being Canadian). Very, very different show tho! ;)

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  5. Wow! What an amazing show! I'd love to experience it.

    I've never thought about the logistics of their costumes and laundering before! What a mammoth job!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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  6. This looks like so much fun, and extra special that you got to experience backstage, too!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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  7. I went in Vegas once but it was so late at night and I was already hungover by then I dont even really remember it!

    #mummymondays

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  8. Wow - the show looks amazing! I can't until the boys are old enough for me to take them to shows like this. Thanks for linking up with the Ultimate Rabbit Hole xox

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  9. It looks really amazing. I've never seen any Cirque du Soleil.

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  10. My parents went along to Kooza after I was fortunate enough to win tickets through a radio promotion. I couldn't attend so gave the passes to my parents and they really enjoyed it.

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