Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cirque du Soleil - Kooza

Grand Chapiteau at AT&T Park
San Francisco, CA 94199

Reviewed 1/20/2008

I am not a circus-goer, and got Kooza tickets as a gift from my boss--or I doubt I would have ever gone. Just not my thing.

But I was floored.

Unlike John S, who sounds way more knowledgeable about Cirque, I was WOWing the whole way. I kept repeating, "THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!" and "NO WAY!!" and "There's MORE?!"

The act involving the gerbil-wheels with humans, I think properly called "wheel of death," was, I agree, the best part of the show. But, I also loved the juggler--he had like six (or was it eight?!) pins in the air and was rotating a ball from shoulder to shoulder while playing "Chopsticks" on the piano. Well, not the last thing, but I would hardly have been surprised. As far as I was concerned, he was a genius.

Contortionists were amazing, but they are just freaky to me. I kept wondering if they were humans or sea monkeys. But I could just be envious.

The show (truly a circus on a measure of spectacle and chaos) is one of those things you have to see to believe.

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