We don’t know about you, but our favorite part of the circuses of our childhood were the acrobats—from tightrope walkers, to jugglers to contortionists, these high flying talents captivated us like nothing else. The magic of Cirque du Soleil is that it turns this sideshow into the main event, and elevates acrobatics to a true art form. With their latest production, LUZIA, the beauty and magic of Mexico melds with the heart-stopping, high-flying performances of the very best acrobats in the world. Get all the details on their San Francisco and San Jose runs right here, and book your ticket before this show flies off!

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The Magic Of Mexico
Your adventure starts with a jump out of a plane, and, you guessed it, a malfunctioning parachute. That’s how the audience and its sweet clowning host arrive in Mexico. After that, in true whimsical Cirque du Soleil fashion, the journey includes giant roaches and spiders, dancing cacti that end up under the sea, a massive, galloping silver horse and so much more. What has made Cirque du Soleil a hit with both children and adults are the story’s dreamlike narratives, over-the-top sets and incredible costumes. Combine this with feats of physicality that will leave you gasping in delight, and its winning evening all around. 

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From Desert to Lake
The sets aren’t relegated just to the stage. From the moment you pass through the ticket gate you will be surrounded by Mexican dancers, Mariachi musicians and even stilt-walking calacas (skeletons). Opt for a VIP ticket and spend some time under a special mini Big Top before and during intermission, where food, drink and free flowing (and free) popcorn awaits.

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But even the regular entrance tent is a feast for the senses (and more) as there are food and souvenirs on offer, as well as plenty of photo ops with gorgeous posters and artwork from the show. Once inside the performance tent, a field of flowers buzzing with mechanical bees and being watched over and watered by mini silver robots will immediately whisk you away to a world of imagination. Once the show starts, expect nothing less than desert heat, rainstorms, lakes, hanging vines, giant ferris wheels and so much more.   

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A Family Date Under the Big Top
The show starts the moment you approach the gold and white Big Top, currently pitched in the AT&T Park parking lot behind the stadium. This Big Top is extra special, as it’s the first time one has been customized to match the theme of the show. It is printed with patterns that evoke the association between Cirque du Soleil (the sun) and Mexico (the word originates from Mtztli, meaning ‘moon,” and Xuctli, which means ‘middle’) and symbolize the meeting of two celestial bodies: the sun and the moon. A bird’s eye view reveals the path of the stars that spiral out from the center of the Big Top—the symbolic meeting point between earth and sky, sacred and human.
LUZIA is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production since 1984, and its 17th show presented under the Big Top, which stands at 62 feet high and 167 feet in diameter.
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Two Shows to Choose From
LUZIA opened at AT&T Park in San Francisco on November 17, 2016 and runs through January 29, 2017. The production will then move to the Taylor Street Bridge in San Jose beginning February 9 through March 19, 2017. Most shows begin at 8 p.m., which can mean late nights for little ones (but we pretty much guarantee there will be no drifting off to sleep), although there are a selection of 4:30 start times. The performance tent is actually modestly sized, so even the furthest seats aren’t too far from the action. Tickets start at $49 and go up $260. The atmosphere is lively, with plenty of laughter and gasps throughout, so no need to worry about keeping your broad absolutely silent. 

AT&T Park, San Francisco
Dates: Through Jan. 29, 2017
Tickets: cirquedusoleil.com

Taylor Street Bridge, San Jose
Dates: Feb. 9–March 19, 2017
Tickets: cirquedusoleil.com

Have you seen LUZIA yet? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

–Erin Feher

All images by Matt Beard for Cirque du Soleil unless otherwise noted.