The circus. For many of us growing up in the 80s and 90s in big cities, there just weren’t any circuses coming to town. For us, driving one hour to a theme park like Disney, Alton Towers or Chessington World of Adventures was how a lucky Sunday would look. For those of you who grew up in Hong Kong, perhaps this would mean a day out at Ocean Park or, more recently, Disneyland. Ice cream, rides, fun and games for all the family. It’s an active way to spend the day and, as generations of children will tell you, one of the most enjoyable. Going to the theatre is also enjoyable, but rarely would one equate sitting in that audience as being exciting, incredibly interactive and downright mesmerising.
Run away and join the circus (for a day)
Imagine our excitement when we heard that the animal-free Cirque du Soleil (“circus of the sun”) was coming to Hong Kong. Until June 3, at Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront Event Space, some of the world’s most talented actors and acrobats, daredevils and dancers are tantalising those lucky enough to witness the world’s most sought-after entertainment.
KOOZA is a show that blends, almost to perfection, its subcontinental sounds, its stunning lighting and costumes with theatrical ingenuity and acrobatic wonder.
—The Independent, London
The theatrical troupe says that “KOOZA combines acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, while exploring fear, identity, recognition and power. The Innocent’s (the main character) journey brings him into contact with comic characters from an electrifying world full of surprises, thrills, audacity and total involvement”. It’s considered by critics as one of the most thrilling and riskiest shows that Cirque has done to date, with stilts, contortionists and the “Wheel of Death”. (Spoiler alert: no one actually dies on the Wheel of Death but your heart will be in your throat watching!)
Highly entertaining and kid-friendly, too
There is so much going on, it’s hard to know where to look. Sometimes you don’t even want to look, it’s so nerve-wracking, like the hoops manipulation where a incredibly talented performer spins up to sevens hoops at once! Then there is the double high wire, criss-crossing lines of suspense, 25 feet above the stage. Next, a crazy, choreographed trip to the dark side by a group of dancing skeletons. And last but not least, the Wheel of Death, in which two incredibly brave performers survive a wildly dangerous revolving ride around the stage.
From its humble origins in 1984, the Cirque du Soleil has blossomed into being a global phenomenon. With meticulous planning of events, interwoven with a delicate narrative and artistry of elegant proportions, KOOZA is exactly what Hong Kong needs, and it’s here until June 3.
There’s only a few more days to enjoy this famous Canadian circus, so pick up your tickets here. If you miss out, don’t worry: KOOZA will be performing the Changsha International Convention and Exhibition Centre June 29 to August 19, 2018, and tickets are still available! Call the Asia Box Office at +852-3018-4032 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Check out the other exciting Cirque du Soleil shows—there’s no ex-KOOZA for missing this amazing circus!
Written by: Max Johnson