Sunday, 8 February 2015

Cirque du Soleil's Kooza

Kooza, Cirque du Soleil, Royal Albert Hall - reviewed on 8th February

Photo: Cirque du Soleil
My first outing to see Cirque du Soleil left me feeling rather nauseous. The tricks on display – including contortion, hula-hooping, tightrope-walking and acrobatics – are nothing short of incredible, but it’s hard not to have a physical response to the very real danger performers face, especially bearing in mind that Cirque cast member Sarah Guyard-Guillot fell to her death in 2013.

In Kooza, two enormous metal ‘hamster wheels’ reach 40 feet off the ground as they spin around a central axis, with performers running, skipping and jumping on the outside. It’s simply terrifying, and I felt more like I was watching an accident waiting to happen than enjoying circus entertainment.

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