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. And now, through the magic of Cirque du Soleil, this sideshow has been turned into the main event by elevating acrobatics to a true art form. If you’re ready to experience a Cirque production with your crew, we’ve got the deets on LUZIA—the latest traveling production where the beauty and magic of Mexico melds with the heart-stopping, high-flying performances of the very best acrobats in the world. But book your tickets now before this show flies off!
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 it’s a winning evening all around.
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.
photo: Erin Feher
But even the regular entrance tent is a feast for the senses (and more) as there is food and souvenirs for sale, 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 that are 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.
A Family Date Under the Big Top
The show starts the moment you approach the gold and white Big Top, currently pitched in King County’s Marymoor Park. 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. Psst! 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.
Good to Know
1. 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 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. weekend start times. Check the ticket calendar for more details.
2. The performance tent is actually modestly sized, so even the furthest seats aren’t too far from the action. Tickets start at $35 and go up $290 for a VIP experience.
3. The atmosphere is lively, with plenty of laughter and gasps throughout, so no need to worry about keeping your broad absolutely silent.
4. Parking is $15 per car. Cash and cards are accepted, but we suggest cash for quicker parking.
5. Restrooms are located outside the tent, so bring along a rain coat or umbrella if the skies are unforgiving. During intermission, the restroom lines can get long, so plan accordingly.
6. No flash photography (of any kind) is allowed inside the Big Top, so leave your fancy camera behind. If you want to grab a keepsake photo, bring your iPhone and grab a pic in front of the Big Top or inside the entrance tent.
7. Refreshments and snacks are available when you enter the Big Top and are allowed at your seat. No outside food or drink is allowed.
8. If you really want to impress your kids, purchase VIP tickets. Not only will you have awesome seats, but you will get to enjoy delish food one-hour before the show and at intermission and will get to take home a show program and souvenir photo.
9. The show runs 2 hours and 5 minutes, including a 25-minute intermission, and is designed to entertain the whole family.
10. The Big Top does get extremely dark and the music is loud, so prepare sensitive eyes and ears for this before you arrive.
11. Strollers are not allowed in the arena.
Dates: March 30-May 21, 2017
Cost: $35 & up
Have you seen LUZIA yet? Do you plan to see it? Tell us about your experience in the Comments below!
– Erin Feher & Kristina Moy
All images courtesy of Laurence Labat for Cirque du Soleil unless otherwise noted.