13 Reasons You Should Not Miss Cirque du Soleil LUZIA


Cirque du Soleil LUZIA has made it’s stop in Atlanta under the big tent until November 19, 2017. Mr. Serious and I were lucky to attend with media tickets to catch the show and it was a definite win. Just like other Cirque du Soleil shows, LUZIA brings traditional and contemporary circus disciplines to a whole new level. LUZIA, is a family-friendly show, but we took the opportunity to see the show for a much-needed date night.

13 reasons not to miss cirque du soleil luzia

This is my second Cirque du Soleil show, and I enjoyed them both equally. Each show is unique and offers new talents, skills, props, sets and more. But, you want to know what makes it special and why you shouldn’t miss it (and not to worry, if you aren’t in Atlanta, it’s likely coming to a city near you! They actually tour the show for 10 years on average!)

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Why you shouldn’t miss Cirque du Soleil LUZIA

They let you take pictures and short videos now, too, which is great because we could share little bits with you all and with our kids!

1. You are transported to a different place

Walking into the tent, you are immediately taken to a different place. There is a set already up and displayed and in action. From the giant medallion-like structure to the appearance of fireflies glowing behind it. There is also the mystery. What are we looking at? Is that a giant treadmill? Are they trampolines? How will the show start? Cirque du Soleil LUZIA has it all.

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2. The pre-show

Before the show even starts, there are things happening while guests are finding their seats. My previous show there were clowns interacting with guests in the audience. This time, little tin men came out and interacted with flowers and watering cans to keep the audience that was already seated entertained.

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3. The beauty

Cirque du Soleil doesn’t mess around. It appears that every detail is accounted for in the design of the sets as well as costumes. “LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey filled with wonders, playfulness and striking artistry. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, Cirque du Soleil LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.”

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4. Hoop Diving and Treadmills

Yes, hoop diving. On gigantic treadmills that also seem to have trampoline-like qualities. While the stage is spinning. Just your everyday acrobatic excellence. Needless to say, they have expanded exponentially the speed and amount of daring leaps executed with hoops stacked, held and rearranged the entire time.

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5. The Set Changes

Most of the time, you don’t even realize things are moving or changing because your attention is drawn elsewhere. While there is singing or dancing, or a man with a whistle commanding the attention of every single person in the audience, the entire set is changing into a new scene or location. Each one just as beautiful as the last. Not to mention, they have the audience laughing many times without even uttering a word.

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6. The Guniness World Record holder for juggling

The juggling is absolutely amazing. I’ve never seen somebody juggle so fast! And, come to find out, he’s the Guinness World Record holder for juggling seven pins at break neck speeds, and even attempting and succeeding at throwing them high and flipping before catching. I was mesmerized.

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Photo credit: Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016

7. The Rain

Short of Flashdance, I’ve never seen rain and water incorporated into a show like this before.  LUZIA combines rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production. And not only do they do that, but they are creative with the rain, having it show scenes and pictures in the rain water.


8. A Male Contortionist

I wasn’t expecting the last part of the show. The candles were walked out and the stage was set and then as the lights come on, you realize there is a male contortionist skillfully twisting his body in the world’s most unimaginable positions frozen still. Then, he begins to move and contort his body in ways that don’t seem humanly possible…and then he pushes it even further.

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Photo credit: Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016

I was give the opportunity to hear Alexey (the contortionist) talk about how he dreamed of being in a circus since he was 4 years old and that he’s living his dream every single day!

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Photo credit: Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016

9. Aerial Straps Artists

The strength of the artists that are able to suspend themselves, hang and spin from Aerial Straps is so amazing to see. Every shoulder muscle is visible and yet they make it look like it’s a walk in the park. In LUZIA, they defy the laws of gravity at the center of cenote (natural sinkhole) and incorporate the water into the show.

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Photo credit: Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016

10. Pole Dancers / Acrobats

I joked that I took my hubby to a pole dancing show, but it was hardly that. The jumps and leaps and skills shown are phenomenal. There were both men and women in this part of the show, all with such strength and grace at the same time. Who knew a pole could be climbed so quickly? Also, please note the dancing cactus in the background. 

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11. Fútbol Freestylers

I was so in awe of the two football (soccer) freestylers deftly mixing street dance with mind-blowing ball manipulations that I didn’t snap any pictures. One of them held the ball between his shin and foot and proceeded to do an entire breakdancing show without the ball even moving one time. It almost makes me think I could do something like this. And then I realize, nope, I sure can’t. There was actually an entire group of Cirque du Soleil LUZIA performers behind them playing what seemed like a mini soccer game during the main performance.

12. Epic Climbing and Balance

It takes an extra special talent to be able to climb and balance on what seems to be plungers. And this man had it. And kept making them taller and taller and taller. It felt like we were on the set of a movie in this scene.

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In addition to this great strength, there were people on the rotating stage that made themselves into human ocean waves. I was trying to alternate watching the human waves and the intense balancing act.

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Photo credit: Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016

13. The Swinging Acrobats 

I had no idea what to expect when these giant swings came out. Then the flying began. Effortlessly flying from side to side and then flying over each other with great ease. This is one that would make me a little nervous if my kids saw it. I can just imagine them trying to try to catapult each other off of a swing.

cirque du soleil luzia swing Photo credit: Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016

Cyr Wheel artists

The Cyr Wheel artists are featured in the press materials for Cirque du Soleil LUZIA but didn’t get a chance to see them. I’m not sure if something replaced their show or it was just not performed on the evening we were there, but it looks like it would be amazing. The artists perform the unprecedented feat of rolling and spinning under the rain while an aerialist suspended from a Trapeze flies and twirls through pouring showers.

Want to buy tickets, check them out on their website….they start at $35!

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  1. I’ve never been to a Cirque show but I would love to see one! Luzia looks like a great show!

  2. Grandma Pat says:

    CONTORTIONISTS are just over and above mind boggling. The body just shouldn’t be able to bend that way.
    We saw a Cirque show in Las Vegas years ago and it was fantastic.

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