by Paula Citron
For jaded Cirque du Soleil fans planning to give the new show Kooza a miss, think again. Kooza is a dazzling spectacle of human physical virtuosity. It looks scrumptious and the score by Jean-François Côté is stirring.
American clown David Shiner is the writer/director, and his simple story is to follow an innocent boy – Stéphan Landry – whose world is transformed into a place of magic by the dancing trickster played by Ross Gibson.
While I’m not into slapstick, the show was redeemed for me by the amazing feats of the circus performers. The standard circus acts like contortion, trapeze, unicycle, highwire, juggling, teeterboard and the mind-boggling chair balancing and wheel of death, have in this show, upped the ante beyond seemingly human ability.
Those sitting near the front of the stage – beware. There is a lot of audience participation as the clowns take volunteers into their world.
Kooza continues at the Big Top until Oct. 7.
From the Port Lands, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.