Disclosure: I received two complimentary tickets to Cirque du Soleil LUZIA for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
A Cirque du Soleil show is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s hard to describe.
It’s artistry. It’s comedy. It’s athleticism.
I took my oldest son to the show. He’s 15 and not generally all fired up about the performing arts. But he’s an athlete, so I knew that a Cirque show had a higher than average chance of holding his attention.
Cirque du Soleil LUZIA did not disappoint.
Cirque du Soleil LUZIA
The theme of Cirque du Soleil LUZIA is “a waking dream of Mexico”. The costumes, the music and the sets were all coordinated to incorporate Mexican culture.
When we entered the seating area, the first thing I noticed was how close all the seats are. There are no “nosebleed” seats at a Cirque du Soleil show. There are elements on the stage that rotate the action onstage, so that all seats will have the same view at different points in the performance.
What can you expect from the performance? I can’t even begin to cover all of it. One thing that surprised both of us was the comedy. The show had a recurring main character that tied all the performing segments together and that character’s appearance was full of humor and slapstick which really warmed my teenager to the whole thing.
The performances included dancing, acrobatics, contortionism, strength… It’s hard to define everything that happened on the stage. Regardless of the performing discipline, it was clear the Mexico theme was incorporated into each segment. My soccer playing son LOVED the performers who came out doing impressive footwork with soccer balls and then moved into acrobatics, still balancing and controlling the soccer balls as part of the routine.
The show is a little more interactive than you might think. Often, the performers will arrive at the stage by going through the audience. Several times my son pulled on my shoulder to draw my attention to a performer who was in the aisle just next to us.
After the show, we got the treat of being able to ask questions to two of the performers.
As you *might* be able to guess, the performer on the right is a contortionist. He positioned himself in this stance quite comfortably throughout the whole interview and patiently answered our questions about if he had bones removed (no) and how long he had been training (since he was four, he’s now 22). He incorporates a lot of yoga into his training. Here he is during his performance:
The female performer’s discipline is acrobatics and she described for us the process of signing on with a Cirque du Soleil show. She explained that you audition, but they may just not need your particular talents in the show that year. However, they keep people in mind and follow their performance career. Should a need arise for a future Cirque du Soleil show, the performer can be contacted and asked if they are still interested. During this particular performance she wowed us with not only her strength but her trust of her fellow performers as she was thrown in the air and caught by them repeatedly!
What You Need To Know To Go
Performances are being held through November 19, 2017 in the white and yellow tent at Atlantic Station in midtown Atlanta. There are several ticket options and packages available.
Atlanta has a permanent Cirque du Soleil “Big Top” at Midtown’s Atlantic Station which lends to the fun atmosphere. A rarity in Atlanta, there is plenty of convenient parking at Atlantic Station. It’s paid parking but my total for the evening was $6.00 – much better than the $20-$30 you shell out when you attend shows at other Atlanta venues. The parking is paid for via automated cashiers in the parking lot, so have a card ready for payment.
There are refreshment vendors within the “lobby” area of the tent. The adult beverages are priced at a premium, but the general food items were pretty reasonably priced, in my opinion. I had fed the boy dinner at home, but of course by intermission my teenage boy was hungry again. We found a “combo” deal at one of the food stands where we received two hot dogs, two beverages and a package of candy for $22.00. That worked for me.
What to wear? Whatever you want. I saw people there dressed for Date Night and I saw plenty of others in shorts and t-shirts. Follow your mood.
My final verdict is that this is a perfect outing for an entire family. There was a preschool-age child a couple of rows behind us and I could hear him or her belly-laugh during the funny parts and “WHOA” during the performances. I made a few videos, and you can hear my teenager saying, “THAT’S cool!” Sometimes it’s hard to find a show that every one in your family will enjoy. Cirque du Soleil LUZIA is definitely that show.