It isn’t a big secret that I love Cirque du Soleil performances. I remember in 1991, stepping into the blue and yellow tent for the first time on Chicago’s lake front to see Nouvelle Expérience. I walked out wishing I could be carried away to the land I just visited and became a diehard Cirque du Soleil groupie.
I am happy to say that I had the same feeling of excitement when I entered the tent in the parking lot of the United Center to see Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico.
LUZIA is located in another Mexican dimension. It is full of color, music, and enchantment. In each Cirque show you must have a guide and I think the parachutist/traveler in LUZIA is my one of my favorites. We are introduced to him as he parachutes down into a field of yellow marigolds. He finds a big gold key and of course he turns it. When he does the world opens up and takes him on a magic journey.
As in true Cirque du Soleil style there are amazing inhabitants of this mysterious beautiful world. I won’t go into all of them but I must name a few of my favorites. There are two artists that fly and perform in a downpour of rain. It is amazing and breathtaking at the same time.
A demigod of rain appears and performs a graceful, hypnotizing aerial straps act. He becomes one with the water and in turn takes us along as he flies high in the air.
My favorite is the contortionist. Normally I have seen women perform in this manner but this young man twists his body in ways I could have never imagined.
There is so much more to this beautiful story of LUZIA. The props and puppetry are amazing. The set design brings out the beauty of Mexico and the spirit that dwells there. The costumes are unique, colorful, and beautiful. The Music is enchanting and fits the production perfectly. Put it all together and before you know it you are transformed from your seat under a blue and yellow tent to a beautifully created dream world that embodies the soul of Mexico.
Do not allow LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico leave Chicago without seeing it. It will be in Chicago until September 3rd. Don’t miss the chance to live a Cirque du Soleil dream.
Until next time keep your EYE to the sky!!!