I stepped inside the tent where Cirque du Soleil’s latest show LUZIA is currently performing and found myself immersed in an imaginary world where illusion and gravity-defying feats at times had me speechless. The show, which transports audiences to an imaginary Mexico is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production and is currently performing under the Big Top at the OC Fair & Event Center through March 25, 2018.
Consideration provided by Cirque du Soleil.
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil began as a group of 20 street performers in 1984 who roamed the streets of Baie-Saint-Paul near Québec City striding on stilts, juggling, breathing fire, and playing music. It has since grown to encompass nearly 4,000 employees, including a diverse group of artists that span 50 different countries. From its inception, the company seeks “to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses, and evoke the emotions” of audiences across the globe.
The sound of a plane can be faintly heard as a parachutist free falls into a field of marigolds surrounded by a larger-than-life metallic key. Every detail has significance, and as the traveler turns the key, he is whisked away on a magical journey through time and place where dreams and reality converge.
If you have experienced a Cirque show, you know to expect acrobatic feats that will make you gasp. A group of acrobats representing the hummingbird jump through hoops with diameters less than 30 inches. But if the feat were not difficult enough, the art of hoop diving is combined with two giant treadmills in a symbolic show of agility and speed.
A lifeguard performs a series of hand-balancing acts in a tribute to 1920s Mexican Cinema.
The sport of football is gracefully and skillfully played out between a man and a woman as they maneuver the ball with their feet and head, indifferent to the downpour that has begun.
And in one of the most mesmerizing displays of artistry, a contortionist twists in ways seemingly impossible, with illusive grace and ease.
The most spectacular display of artistry occurs during the Cyr Wheel and Trapeze Act. Against the setting sun, two women dance in large majestic hoops, rolling among the quiotes (Agave plants). A trapeze artist joins the two, at times, hanging from only one heel. The act culminates in a shower of rain, a feat that is seemingly impossible.
The history and culture of Mexico is articulated through the set design, costumes, music, and artists’ performances. LUZIA opens with a field of cempasuchil flowers (aka Mexican Marigolds). These flowers are symbolic for their tie to Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead).
The Mexican people’s connection to the animal world is evident in lore and mythology and carries over into their daily lives. Both the artists and their attire reflect this tie as a crocodile plays the Marimba and a woman is wrapped in an iguana shawl.
Even the element of water has its place. Those who reside in Mexico have come to appreciate the rain that refreshes and rain that has great power. It is this inevitability that sparks wonder and mystery throughout the show.
LUZIA Discount Tickets
Tickets for LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil start at $50 with available premium and VIP seating options. There are a number of discounts available depending on the show date and time.
Weeknight Showings: Save 25% off tickets to LUZIA with the code REVIEW
Goldstar: Tickets range in price from $53 – $270 depending on the show date, time, and seat
IKEA: IKEA Family Members can save 20% off tickets through 3/25 using the code IKEA20. Be sure to visit the Costa Mesa store to enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets.
Save 30% on select performances. Visit CirqueDuSoleil.com/Luzia and the discount will automatically be applied at checkout.
Be sure to check out LUZIA’s partner offers with discounts from Olamendi’s, Aquarium of the Pacific, and more.
February 21, 2018 – March 25, 2018
88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone Number:(714) 708-1500
Parking: $10 (preferred $15)
LUZIA is now playing in Costa Mesa under the Big Top at the OC Fair & Event Center. Visit their website for more information.