German premiere: Cirque du Soleil thrills Munich with KOOZA


On January 31, 2014, the Cirque du Soleil's performance KOOZA made its German premiere in Munich. About 2500 guests crowded the Grand Tent, which had been installed on the esplanade “Theresienwiese”. Among them was Mr. Michel Côté, Quebec Delegate General for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Bavarian media were thrilled by the performance, which can be seen until March 2. “With this performance, Cirque du Soleil proves once again that fantasy and poetry work together tremendously well. The art of the circus integrates several kinds of modern entertainment”, states the Münchener Abendblatt daily paper. Focus-Online reports that the public held their breath at each acrobatics while the artists at times literally flew through the air.

KOOZA tells the story of a melancholic and innocent loner who tries to find his place in the world. The program is a genuine return to circus sources for Cirque du Soleil and combines its two traditions: acrobatic performance and clown arts. The performance underlines the artists’ physical prowess in all their splendour and fragility. The artistic framework constitutes a colorful mixture which accentuates its pungent humor. During his journey, the Innocent meets various bizarre characters like the King, the “Trickster”, the Pickpocket and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Between force and fragility, laughter and smiles, tumult and harmony, KOOZA explores issues of fear, identity, recognition and power. “KOOZA talks about human relationships in a dual world of Good and Bad”, explains director David Shiner. The name “KOOZA” reminds of the Sanskrit word “Koza”, which means box, crate, or treasure.

The Cirque du Soleil, headquartered in Montréal, is one of the most famous artistic entertainment companies specialising in circus arts and has an international reputation. Over 4000 people worldwide work for the enterprise, among them more than 1000 artists. To date, 10 million persons have attended the Cirque de Soleil’s performances, which have been rewarded with several prizes, such as Emmy, Bambi, Félix and the Rose d’Or de Montreux.

KOOZA - Cirque du Soleil
Until March 2, 2014

Grand Chapiteau, Münchner Theresienwiese

Source : www.mrifce.gouv.qc.ca