Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA – A Waking Dream of Mexico

By Angeline Acain

It was Saturday night and I was on a date with my wife Susan to see Cirque du Soleil’s latest Big Top production LUZIA – A Waking Dream of Mexico. This year find their white and gold tents located adjacent to Citi Field in Queens, New York. Years ago we took our young daughter and in-laws to see Cirque du Soleil for the first time so Susan and I knew we were in for a real treat.

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

From start to finish LUZIA is a first rate performance. Even before the acrobats made their entrances the audience was serenaded with a Mexican acoustic guitarist, dancers, and colorful hummingbird-costumed performers gracefully waving their wings. The performance opened with an airline hostess voice over saying we’ve arrived in Mexico and our comedic host “traveler” arriving from high above as if being lowered from a plane. LUZIA entertains and astounds the audience with a full band, visually artistically beautiful costumes and set design, and fantastic animal puppetry depicting a dream like world with a Mexican theme.

The athletic skills and acrobatic feats of the performers will put you on the edge of your seats making you smile and making you gasp. I could hear a woman seated behind me repeatedly saying, “Oh my God!” A first for Cirque de Soleil is incorporating a magnificent rain curtain and a crystal blue pool of water not just during the artistic scenes but also with some of the acrobatics. This unique rain curtain evoked “oohs” and “ahs” from the audience as the water didn’t just fall in droplets, but also as pictures of animals and flowers–an amazing engineering feat (to learn more about the integration of water in LUZIA, watch http://cirk.m/LUZIAWaterVideo).

Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil

LUZIA has an intermission and the first half alone was astounding so Susan and I were excited there was a second part! LUZIA, runs through June 9th with tickets starting at $54. LUZIA is perfect for families as well as couples. Since we went on a Saturday night many in the audience were couples out on a perfect date. Children will love the animal puppetry and childlike humor—in fact I felt like a child again watching this performance. For those with young children Citi Field has ample parking ($25) and for those who don’t want to drive the subway stop is nearby. You don’t want to miss the artistry and energy of LUZIA– A Waking Dream of Mexico.

To watch a preview video of LUZIA, visit www.cirk.me/LUZIA_Preview. Tickets for New York City performances of LUZIA are now available online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia.

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