Premieres Thursday, July 22, 2010
at Concord Pacific Place
Tickets available starting Saturday, April 10
Vancouver , BC - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - Cirque du Soleil is proud to return to Vancouver with its critically acclaimed big top production KOOZA. Proudly presented by Desjardins, KOOZA will premiere on Thursday, July 22 under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver . Tickets for KOOZA are available starting Saturday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. at 1-800-450-1480 or online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza.
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."
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. As it evolves we are exploring concepts such as fear, identity, recognition and power."
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.
Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.
Cast and act
Several of the 53 performing artists in the show have received awards from important circus arts competitions, notably in trapeze.
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 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
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 2 0 street perfor m ers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a m ajor Quebéc-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertain m ent. The co m pany has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,200 artists fro m close to 50 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to close to 100 m illion spectators in 300 cities on five continents. In 2010, Cirque du Soleil , will present 21 shows si m ultaneously throughout the world. The co m pany has received such prestigious awards as the E m m y, Dra m a Desk, Ba m bi, ACE, Gé m eaux, Félix, and Rose d'Or de Montreux. Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters are in Montreal , Canada .
For m ore infor m ation about Cirque du Soleil , visit www.cirquedusoleil.com
For downloadable images and additional information, please visit the Cirque du Soleil on-line Press Room at www.cirquedusoleil.com. Scroll down and click on "Press Room" and then click on "KOOZA."
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KOOZA IN VANCOUVER
Premieres July 22, 2010 for a Limited Engagement
Under the Blue and Yellow Grand Chapiteau at Concord Pacific Place
TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza
By calling 1-800-450-1480
- Tuesdays thru Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.
- Fridays and Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
- Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- No performances on Mondays
Non-Peak Ticket Prices Peak Ticket Prices
(Weekdays; Tuesday thru Friday 4pm ) (Weekends; Friday 8pm thru Sunday)
- Adults: starting at $60 Adults: starting at $65
- Children (ages 2-12): starting at $42 Children (ages 2-12): starting at $45.50
- Students and Seniors: starting at $54
VIP Tapis Rouge: A VIP Tapis Rouge™ package includes one of the best seats in the house, and access to the VIP Suite one hour before the show and during intermission. Adults are from $255 to $355 each and children (ages 2-12) are from $178.50 to $248.50 each. Taxes included.
For reservations for groups of 20 adults and more,
please contact the Cirque du Soleil box office at
1 8 66 6-CIRQUE or www.cirquedusoleil.com/groups .