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December 14, 2017

Dazzling Luzia Pours into Los Angeles

by Patrick Hurley

Luzia-A Waking Dream of Mexico is the grand and beautifully designed new Cirque du Soleil show that blends beauty and physical finesse into a variegated feast for the eyes.

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Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil

Filled with breathtaking visuals and the usual astonishing acrobatic performances, Luzia is a dream-like odyssey that dazzles with spectacle, humor and audacious artistry.

The show is a kind of dreamy love letter to Mexico, taking on bits of the culture and mashing it into a stylish and larger-than-life event.

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Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil

The use of lighting and colors are all essential to bringing this to life. But what sets Luzia apart is the way in which it uses rain. It incorporates acrobatic feats being performed under a giant waterfall.

This added element not only increases the beauty of the artistry, and at one point becomes a work of art itself, but is also a first for a traveling Cirque du Soleil show. Not in the 30 years that they’ve been coming to Los Angeles has a show had a water element.

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Photo: Laurence Labat Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi © 2016 Cirque du Soleil

A Cyr Wheel artist performs the unprecedented feat of rolling and spinning under the rain, while an aerialist suspended from a Trapeze flies and twirls through pouring showers

Apart from the awe-inspiring water element. Luzia also includes acts, anyone familiar with Cirque du Soleil would expect, and it does so on a turntable stage that utilizes giant treadmills that makes the Hoop Divers daring leaps increasingly impressive with added speed and height.

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Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil

Among the evenings most incredible performances is a male contortionist, who can twist his body in ways that seem utterly impossible.  Then there’s all that water.

At one point the waterfall begins to pour out in different shapes and the result is a little bit stunning. The entire show is a large and beautifully surreal vision.

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Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil


LUZIA – A waking dream of Mexico

Under the Big Top at Dodger Stadium

1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Performances now scheduled from December 8 – February 11

 

 

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