KOOZA STAGE IS SET FOR MAGIC
While the hottest ticket in town is actually in Brisbane, early birds can now secure a spot in the audience of upcoming local productions
Cirque du Soleil’s latest extravaganza Kooza has taken Brisbane’s Skygate by storm. The show takes the performers on a journey of fear, exploring identity, recognition and power. The main premise is the Innocent’s foray into the unknown, lead by the Trickster. The show opens with the Innocent’s attempt to fly a kite. Suddenly the Trickster appears out of a box and the Innocent’s life changes as he is shown an exciting world of strength, acrobatics, colour and balance. Visual tricks like the Innocent’s costume magically changing form drab black and white to rainbow colour amaze the audience. The stage is set like the night sky, using a light show and materials that transport the audience to a place reminiscent of Hindu India. The King of Fools and the clowns provide the comedy and encourage the audience to participate, with two lucky volunteers snatched from their seats to join in with the clowning. Dancing is obligatory and each clown performer is highly adept at showing the audience how to behave in Cirque. The band and the singers are elevated on a high tower, which is initially hidden by large fabric sails. The music is imaginative and lyrical and it’s fabulous to be able to see the band and singers perform alongside the acrobats and clowns. While many will have seen it before, the Wheel of Death, performed here by Columbia’s Jimmy Ibarra and Ronald Solis, never fails to elicit gasps from the audience. The performers put on an incredible display of weightlessness and unimaginable leaps of faith. The show ends with the Innocent finally flying his kite off into the distance. The Kooza experience takes you to a magical place you will never want to leave. The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s 2017 shows are on sale now. From the gothic horror story Dracula and Circus Oz’s Model Citizens, to Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro and Queensland Ballet’s La Fille Mal Gardee, there is something for everyone among the 22 new shows on sale. They usually have a launch but not this year. The Arts Centre is also presenting Bonnie Lythgoe Productions’ magical musical pantomime The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Return to Pantoland. This is a worldpremiere production and is only touring to Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. This year, all shows are available to buy as single tickets right now, or you can save 15 per cent (three plus shows) or 20 per cent (10 plus shows) with the Multi-buy Show Package option. Auditions coming up include Spotlight’s production of Boy Band (December 11) – call 5539 4255 for details. Nothing else much happening on the theatre scene this week. Gold Coast Little Theatre (GCLT) has one more weekend of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and in rehearsal are Murwillumbah Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol, a co-production with Doublemask, playing December 16-17 at Murwillumbah Civic Centre. Also in rehearsal are GCLT’s Back to the 80s, and GCLT’s Christmas Concert on December 17. Matilda continues to do great business in Brisbane and Aladdin is packing ‘em in in Sydney. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
Cirque du Soleil's latest show Kooza takes audiences on a thrilling journey