It had been quite a few years since I attended a Cirque du Soleil show ( IRIS, a Journey Through the World of Cinema, my first and only other Cirque show), but that was so long ago that I had forgotten how breathtaking they can be with their jaw dropping performances and stunning sets. So when I got the chance to attend Luzia, I jumped on it! I arrived early, took some pictures and headed to the concession stand, once I had my popcorn, candies, and drink in hand I headed to my seats (which were perfect by the way) I sat in row E seats 7-10, but honestly the way the stage moves every seat in the house is a great one and there are opportunities to upgrade your seats for a very low fee. My seats were a little extra special this day in particular, because as I was searching for the number on my seats, my neighbors in seats (1-6) were doing the exact same thing and when I looked up to see who my neighbor in seat 6 was, it was none other than Mr. James Corden! Yes! the host of the Late Late Show , Mr. Carpool Karaoke, Mr. Drop the Mic, and host of the upcoming Grammy's himself was sitting right next to me and behind me Mrs. Nia Vardalos of the My Big Fat Greek Wedding movies. I felt like I had won some kind of special experience to an award show, but as cool as that was it wasn't enough to take my gaze off of the Cirque stage. Even before the show started, they had captured my full attention, it was all so beautiful and the performers were lurking inside the flower field and surrounding areas of the stage. (The show started right on time by the way so make sure you arrive atleast a good ten minutes before showtime.)
The show begins with the sound of a plane fading away as a parachutist (the clown and our tour guide on this journey) is free falling towards a land of memories (He's already making us laugh) He was great, so much so that you don't even realize he's a clown he wasn't trying hard to get a chuckle out of us, he was effortless in his comedic performance. He lands in a field of Cempasuchil flowers (yellow marigolds) when he spots a gigantic metallic key., he curiously turns the key and gets taken away on a magical journey through time and place, somewhere between dreams and reality and that is where the journey through a series of astonishing acrobatic performances, great music and gorgeous costumes & sets begins.
LUZIA whisks away the audiences on a surreal journey through a vibrant world suspended somewhere both in traditional and modern Mexico. It's everything you would expect of a Cirque du Soleil Production, the difference with LUZIA is the incorporation of light (LUZ) and rain (LLUVIA) into the acrobatic and artistic scenes. This is a first for a Cirque du Soleil and It's stunning! I've never seen anything like it. It's hard to step back out to reality when you've experienced such striking beauty in this dream like journey.
One of the most impressive parts of the show is how they've really mastered the movements and emotions in the animal costumes. The horse galloped so beautifully on stage and the jaguar scene had me in awe the entire act and I'm still thinking about it today.
When the show was all over I just wanted to close my eyes and continue the dream. It's a show I encourage all to experience. Take the family, go on a date, go alone if you have to, but you don't want to miss this. Turn the key to your ignition and start your magical journey today!
Luzia Is only in Los Angeles until February 11, 2018. If you can't see it before then, no need to worry they'll be in Orange County in Costa Mesa at the Fair & Event Center February 21, 2018 - March 25, 2018.