Last night I had the most amazing opportunity to attend the opening night of LUZIA, the new show from Cirque du Soliel. It’s currently in Denver June 1-July 9 and it’s phenomenal. The show is billed as “A Waking Dream Of Mexico” and that is exactly what it is. Here’s everything you need to know about the show. Please note that I was provided VIP tickets to the show in exchange for this review.
LUZIA- Homage to Mexico
LUZIA takes us straight to all the best parts of Mexico. It’s built on four pillars of Mexican identity- nature, modernism, surrealism and mythology. The opening scene introduces a migrating monarch butterfly who takes flight trough the use of giant treadmills on a rotating circular stage.
There are countless phenomenal acts that are joined together by short intermissions by a hilarious “ringmaster”- a tourist experiencing Mexico for the first time.
This ant act culminating in a refreshing rain shower left me with my mouth hanging open.
My soccer-living husband loved the homage to the soccer culture in Mexico with the dueling male/female soccer stars- and I cheered as loud as I do during an actual World Cup Soccer Game.
The Music of LUZIA
Before the show officially starts, the guitarist Rodrigo de la Mora serenades the Big Top with some phenomenal Latin music from the edge of the rotating circular stage as characters from the show wander among the spectators. Imagine my surprise when I felt a tap on my shoulder, only to see Santo standing right behind me! Majo Cornejo, the featured singer of the show, has the most spectacular dresses and an even more impressive voice. You can purchase the soundtrack here- you’ll listen to it over and over.
My favorite part of the music from the show was the dueling marimbas, since I was a marimba player in college with my friend Sara. At one point, the marimba players lean over to blast a super low note through tubas that are held up by Cirque members. It was magical.
The Big Top Experience
This was my first visit to any type of Cirque spectacle (it won’t be my last, for sure!), and the Big Top experience was very intimate. From the first row to the last, there was not a bad seat in the house. The circular stage also rotated, so everyone in the audience could see all aspects of the show. Every seat provides a different viewing experience, every one of them magical. There is pre-show entertainment around the Big Top before the shows start, so make sure to arrive early enough to enjoy the perk.
The Bottom Line
LUZIA by Cirque du Soliel is a phenomenally layered show that will please all ages. I could watch it over and over again- and I just might have to buy tickets again for another show before the show ends on July 9. I reccomend it for anyone who wants to escape the real world for a bit, and join in the magic of Cirque du Soleil and a waking dream of Mexico. Make sure to check out the sneak peek of all the highlights!
You can buy your tickets for the Denver tour here- there are so many price ranges. We were able to enjoy the VIP experience and it was so amazing- I’d highly recommend it.
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