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Tourism Calgary, in partnership with the Calgary Hotel Association and the Calgary Stampede, is proud to welcome KOOZA from Cirque du Soleil

11 juin 2010
KOOZA

Premieres September 16, 2010 at Stampede Park
Tickets available this Saturday, June 12 starting 10 a.m.

Tourism Calgary, in partnership with the Calgary Hotel Association and the Calgary Stampede, is proud to welcome Cirque du Soleil and its critically acclaimed big top production KOOZA this fall in Calgary. Proudly presented by Desjardins, KOOZA will premiere on September 16 for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau at Stampede Park in Calgary – please note new site.

On Saturday, June 12, tickets will be available to the General Public online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza or by phone at 1 800 450 1480. Ticket starts at 50$ for adults and 35$ for Children.

The Name
The name KOOZA is inspired by the Sanskrit word "koza," which means "box," "chest" or "treasure," and was chosen because one of the underlying concepts of the production is the idea of a "circus in a box."

The Show
KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil that combines two circus traditions - acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.


"KOOZA is about human connection and the world of duality, good and bad", says the show's writer and director David Shiner. "The tone is fun and funny, light and open. The show doesn't take itself too seriously, but it's very much about ideas, too".

The show starts with The Trickster bursting onto the scene like a jack-in-a-box right in front of The Innocent, and that is just the first of many surprises to follow. The Innocent's journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Heimloss, the Pickpocket, the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog.

Cast and acts

Several of the 53 performing artists in the show have received awards from important circus arts competitions. The show presents an unprecedented approach to the High Wire and a breathtaking Wheel of Death – an act that Cirque du Soleil has never before presented under the big top.

The Creators
The show brings together the following team of 13 Creators, several of whom are working with Cirque for the first time.

David Shiner Writer and Director

Serge Roy Director of Creation

Stéphane Roy Set Designer

Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt Costume Designer

Jean-François Côté Composer

Clarence Ford Choreographer

Martin Labrecque Lighting Designer

Jonathan Deans Co-Sound Designer

Leon Rothenberg Co-Sound Designer

Rogé Francoeur Props Designer

Danny Zen Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer

André Simard Acrobatic Performance Designer

Florence Cornet Makeup Designer

Sponsors
Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges Desjardins Presenting Sponsor of the Canadian Tour as well as CGI and Infiniti as the Official Sponsors.

Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Quebéc-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,200 artists from close to 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to close to 100 million spectators in 300 cities on five continents. In 2010, Cirque du Soleil , will present 21 shows simultaneously throughout the world. The company has received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix, and Rose d'Or de Montreux. Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada. For more information about Cirque du Soleil , visit www.cirquedusoleil.com

Pressroom
For additional information, please visit the Cirque du Soleil online Press Room at www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Press Contact
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Blair Cosgrove
Cell: 403-889-4293, Office: 403-210-1442
blairc@themessageparlour.com