Review – Kooza

Posted by Agatha Cheng

Laurence Green reviews Cirque du Soleil’s latest show - Kooza at the Royal Albert Hall. art of acrobatics has been redefined and taken to new heights in the Cirque du Soleil’s latest show entitled Kooza (Royal Albert Hall).

The French-Canadian company’s 2013 extravaganza focuses on a character called the Innocent – “a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world”. The individual in question is a clown, yet sadly, the comic antics of the clowns, sandwiched between the more spectacular sections, are desperately unfunny and lack focus.

However no such reservations about the show apply to the remarkable physical ability of the troupe, for which it is deservedly famous. Picture a body travelling over 10 meters through the air and executing quintuple twisting somersaults or an acrobat on a single still propelled 10 meters up into the air and then landing safely on his still and you will get some idea of the magic and awe the company generate.

I was amazed by the sight of an unicyclist who goes around with a woman balanced on his head, as I was when, with two tightropes strung at different heights, crisscrossing high over the front of the stage, three acrobats perform a perilous act on the wires, with neither harnesses nor safety nets.

As if this weren’t enough there’s the circus stunt to end them all, a Wheel of Death so dangerous that it makes your heart beat really fast, as two performers run round the outside rim of their wheels.

This is certainly an evening of shivers, excellence and daring, astonishment and team work that is well worth seeing. Just pop out to the bar when clowns are on stage and you will come away from the show deeply impressed!

Runs until February 14

Box office: 0845 401 5045

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