Saturday, June 16, 2012

Must See: KOOZA: Cirque Du Soleil in Glendale, AZ

     I mentioned previously that KOOZA is in town and in my pregnancy journal the last couple weeks that I went to see Kooza a Cirque Du Soleil.  I wanted to share a little more about the event.

     KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.  Kooza is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil:  It 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 melange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.  The Innocent's journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Pickpocket, and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog.  Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power.  The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. 
     I have never been to a Cirque du Soleil show before.  I was super excited to be invited to this event.  John and I used it as a fun date night.  We have not been out just the two of us since our anniversary last year, which makes it over a year.  Jayden goes with us everywhere and now with baby boy coming we will have even less chance to get out.  So since my mom was able to come in and watch Jayden for the night we took advantage.
     We went to the event at the University of Phoenix Stadium, right down the street (yay for that).  Then as we went inside the tent, yes I said tent.  It was in a tent in the parking lot of the Stadium.  It was a really big tent and it was even air conditioned.  Since it was premiere night they had some specials for us.  They gave everyone a free popcorn and soda.  John and I each got some and found out seats.  We were happy to see our seats were really close, row 6!  Of course since it was pretty small inside I don't think there was a bad seat in the place.  And right after we sat down others began sitting around us and immediately we saw that sitting directly in front of John was Pat McMahon!!  Don't know who he is?  He is a bit of a celebrity here in Arizona.  He is well known for his role as Gerald on the Wallace and Ladmo show.  I loved that show when I was a kid and so did my mom!  Yup it is that old.  Anyway, not this is not about him.

     As we waited for the show to begin there was some entertainment.  This was the only time we were allowed to take photo's.  I of course left my camera at home knowing I could not take pictures during the show, but I used a cell phone to get some before pictures.  They are not great.
     These guys were funny.  And throughout the show they would come out and do some funny little skits and even involved the audience a few times.  This came as a fun little comic relief as you waited.  John and I were both happy we were not sitting on the ends because neither one of us really wanted to be a part of the show.

     Once the show began it was so good!  I really don't know how to explain it.  The things they did were amazing, daring, scary, and plain spectacular.  I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.  Though out the whole tent there were gasps and cheering.  I loved that when there was any kind of set up or break down needed between parts there was entertainment.  They would dance around and do tricks as they set up materials for the next part.  There was an intermission in the middle where they served champagne and cupcakes.  Of course I didn't not enjoy any champagne, but I did get a cupcake, yum!  There were so many things I loved and too much to share.  It really is a show you have to see.  You can see below a video I found that shows some short clips of some of the things we saw, get a sneak peek and then get tickets to see the whole show.

     Cirque du Soleil is still here in Glendale, AZ until July 15, 2012.  Tickets start as low as $35 a seat.  And I am telling you the place is really small so not a bad seat in the house.  I would definitely recommend everyone see this show.  If your in Arizona you can get tickets now.

     And if your not in Arizona there are a few more stops on their tour.  Next they will be moving on to Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, Tampa, FL, and London.

I was provided tickets to the show for review purposes.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by anyone.  


  1. This looks like so much fun! I'm going to have to check it out when it gets here to Houston!

  2. I love Cirque du Soleil! I’ve never been to see the show live, but I’ve caught it on TV before.