Press Release

Cirque du Soleil makes its grand return to Montreal! KOOZA will be presented under the Big Top in the Old Port of Montreal. Starting April 28, 2022

Montreal, Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Tickets available to Cirque Club members as of today.
General on sale starts June 21, 2021

MONTREAL, June 16, 2021 - Cirque du Soleil is happy to announce its return to the Old Port of Montreal in 2022 with one of its most acclaimed shows around the world, the electrifying production KOOZA! Cirque du soleil is also pleased to count on a strong partnership with the Old Port of Montreal and to confirm its presence in Montreal with new productions, as well as the return of some of its classics, every year for the next 10 years.

Since its creation and world premiere in Montreal in 2007, KOOZA has travelled the globe and delighted audiences in 65 cities and a total of 21 countries. It is with great enthusiasm that Cirque du Soleil confirms its anticipated presence in the Old Port of Montreal with one of its iconic productions.

“It’s with great pleasure that Cirque du Soleil will resume its long-lasting tradition of presenting shows under the Big Top in the Old Port of Montreal and we look forward to finally reconnecting with our Montreal and Quebec audience” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “More than 450 days have passed since we had to take a temporary hiatus, and we are anxiously waiting for our return to Montreal. I just can’t wait to see the view of our iconic Big Top in the beautiful landscape of the Old Port of Montreal.”

Intermission Is Over
Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 200 million spectators in more than 60 countries since its beginning in 1984. Today, Cirque du Soleil rises up to continue its mission to cultivate creativity and share the hope and joy that live entertainment brings.

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. 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-the-box in front of The Innocent, and that’s just the first of many surprises to come. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, 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. 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 international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors present heart-stopping feats and laugh-out-loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats.

Tickets for the Montreal performances of KOOZA are available online, exclusively to Cirque Club members, starting today. For free and easy subscription, visit

General on sale starts on June 21, 2021, at

Cirque du Soleil would like to thank its presenting partner Sun Life Global Investments and its official partner, Mastercard.

Originally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in live entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to more than 200 million spectators in more than 450 cities in over 60 countries on six continents. Cirque du Soleil is owned and operated by Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. For more information, visit

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Photo Credit: OSA Images
Costume Credit: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt © 2007

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