Saturday, November 01, 2008

Cirque du Soleil performs "Kooza" show at National Harbor near Washington DC


Cirque De Soleil has come to the Washington DC (effective Oct. 30) area with a show called “Kooza”, to be performed at the National Harbor on the Potomac River in Prince Georges County, MD. The website and CD will lead to ticket order information.

The company characterizes Kooza as a story of “The Innocent,” the story of an outsider looking for a place in the world. It says that the show combines “acrobatic performance and the art of clowing.” The company has given out free promotional CD’s at theaters and a the Reel Affirmations Film Festival. The CD shows some of the acts. It tries to connect to the Internet by my Firewall (Microsoft and McAfee) would not let it.

Some of the components of the performance will include Charivari, the highwire, juggling, the teeterboard, and the “Wheel of Death.”

The characters sound like a list from Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.” They include the Trickster, the Pickpocket, and the Heimloss (underneath the stage, and it looks like a character from the game “Fallout 3”).

One of the most amazing acts on the CD is the “Balancing on Chairs” which is an amazing exercise in pure Newtonian physics, like a balancing sculpture outside the Air and Space Museum in Washington.

I feel justified in doing a mini-review because I went to a Cirque du Soleil performance on a Sunday in late August, 2000 in Minneapolis (just before the State Fair), set up on a lot near the Milwaukee Road railroad station and ice rink (relatively close the ING/ReliaStar and to the Churchill Apartments). That area in Minneapolis has since seen a lot of conversion of Mississippi River warehouse space to loft condos.

Then, the two-act show consisted of many similar “abstract art” items (especially high-altitude acrobats), with an emphasis on PG13-rated comedy, including some fake hair-pulling and body teasing. The main show was set up in the typical colorful blue tent.

I also saw an ‘Nsync concert in Minneapolis in June 2001, at the Metrodome. Times have changed.

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