7 Reasons Why You Should KOOZA Your Way to the BIG TOP



Cirque du Soleil has once again made its return to Singapore in just two years since the last show TOTEM in 2015. In the 33 years since the founding of Cirque du Soleil in Montreal, more than 180 million people across the globe have seen at least one Cirque Du Soleil show. KOOZA, its 21st show in the extensive Cirque Du Soleil canon, marks the circus’ returns to the very heart of circus performances - thrilling acrobatic performance with the art of clowning.


1. MORE THAN A CIRCUS

Calling it a mere circus does not do the performance justice. Accompanied with constant teasing and humouring, KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a character we can all relate too, simply because we all once were, at some point in our lives. Life is presented to The Innocent through the magical KOOZA (the Sanskrit word for “box”). The same way life messes with us, The Trickster messes with The Innocent.


2. ADRENALINE RUSH




If you have not been feeling any excitement lately, this may just be the remedy to your unspirited life. Many who have already seen KOOZA can attest to its jaw-dropping and heart-racing stunts. It was almost like a roller-coaster, only that it is one helluva ride, 2.5 hours long. We were all holding our breath, gasping along as the performers defy gravity and the potential of the human body acts after acts, which brings us to our next reason.


3. SUPERHUMAN FEATS


Remember being fascinated by superheroes on the television? Now imagine witnessing these superhuman capabilities all at once right in front of you. I suppose you can say “with great powers, comes great responsibility ... to make your money worthwhile!" These potentially fatal death-defying stunts will only keep you at the edge of your seat through the 2.5 hours show. Okay, maybe not the intermission.




4. NO KNOWING WHEN WILL THEY BE BACK

After presenting Quidam in 2005, it took the circus troupe one full decade before coming back to Singapore with Totem in 2015. Even so, whenever Cirque du Soleil returns to Singapore, it is always a new tour-show. If you miss this unique KOOZA experience here, it is very likely you won’t be able to catch it again unless you catch them elsewhere on the world map!


5. NO ANIMALS ARE HARMED

In fact, in all the 33 years of Cirque du Soleil, the theatre company has never believed in “dressing up animals” for entertainment. So, for all ye animal lovers out there, this may just be the circus for you, unveiled by the world's largest theatrical producer. Yes! It is animal- free! Well, there is one giant (man) dog though. No spoilers here, but if you are “lucky” enough, you may just get the golden shower!

6. PRECISION AND PERFECTION




With the stuntmen always just one misstep away from death, it requires talent, if not mad skills to craft out the perfect execution. Only the most seasoned performers are allowed on the high-wire, an act requiring extreme precision. 

7. LIVE SOUNDTRACKS

It took me awhile to realise that the incredible soundtrack accompanying the manoeuvres are actually sung and performed live! In my defense though, with such captivating acts, can you really blame me? Plus, you know you're in for an amazing auditory experience when you can't tell LIVE music from pre-recorded one. Yep, it's that good. It's like a walking vinyl player.



KOOZA will be in town till 27 August 2017 at the BIG TOP (you can’t really miss the iconic yellow and blue swirls), right beside Marina Bay Sands!

Venue: Bayfront Avenue besides Marina Bay Sands
rformance Times: Tue to Fri – 8 pm, Sat – 4.30 pm and 8 pm, Sun – 1.30 pm and 5 pm
Tickets Price: From $88
Ticket Bookings: www.sistic.com.sg or www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza, +65 6348 5555 or in person at KOOZA Box Office on site at the Big Top on Bayfront Avenue, beside Marina Bay Sands


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This article was written by Ivan Lim

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