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Koozå is a touring Cirque du Soleil production created and directed by David Shiner. Koozå premiered on April 19, 2007 in Montreal QC. Koozå's concept is a throwback to traditional circuses and the early years of Cirque du Soleil.

Koozå's name comes from the Sanskrit word "koza" which means "box", "chest", or "treasure". It was chosen due to the concept of the show being a "circus in a box".[1]

Premise[]

The story of Koozå is about a melancholy loner named The Innocent trying to find his place in the world. One day while flying his kite, he receives a mysterious package in the mail. When he unwraps it, turns out to be a giant Jack-In-The-Box known as containing a character known as The Trickster. The Trickster springs to life and fills The Innocent's world with color. He creates the world of Koozå and bringing The Innocent on a journey of fear, self-identity, recognition, and power.[2]

Set and Technical Information[]

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One of the major elements of Koozå is the high two story tower known as "The Bataclan". The Bataclan and stage were designed by Stéphane Roy and developed by Scène Ethique Inc. The structure of the Bataclan were to reflect the interiors of the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, France. It is the tallest structure on a stage set in Cirque du Soleil containing a bandstand with two curved curtains underneath. The Bataclan can track up and down onstage with a winch mechanism.[3]

The decorations for the Bataclan were inspired by Hindu culture, Pakistani buses, and Indian jewelry. The curtains that surround and enclose the Bataclan are operated by two people using ropes and pulleys.[3]

The stage of Koozå is the highest stage ever designed by Cirque du Soleil. It stands at 39 ft (11.8 m) rather than the normal 36 ft (10.9 m). This is to account for the The Jack-In-The-Box hydraulics that are used at the beginning of the show. This will throw the performer 6 to 7 feet into the air.[4]

Costume Design[]

Koozå costume designer Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt was inspired by graphic novels, paintings by Gustav Klimt, the Mad Max movies, tin soldiers and marching band uniforms for the House Troupe costumes, children's books, and Indian and Eastern Europe designs.

The percussion instruments for the Skeleton costume were made out of molded carbon. They were modeled to look and sound like bones when the performers hit them against each other to create a musical rhythm during the Skeleton Dance.

The "Rat Cape" used at the beginning of the Skeleton Dance contains 150 fake-fur rats with crystal eyes that would run down the performer's body before exiting into a trap door. It was inspired by the mechanics of vertical blinds and several of the rats contain little wheels on them to give them a more live effect.

For the development of the hats used in Koozå, precise measurements of each of the artist’s heads are taken by a portable scanner and the milliners build the hats with the help of 3D prints obtained with these figures.[2]

The all the costumes, hats, and shoes for for Koozå were created at Cirque du Soleil's Costume Workshop and Shoe Workshop.

Characters[]

Current Characters

  • The Trickster: Charming and sophisticated, The Trickster is the creator of the world of Koozå. Even though he teases and plays on The Innocent, he keeps a watchful eye out for him. [2]
  • The Innocent: Outwardly childlike, ingenuous and simple, The Innocent is eager to get to know the new world he's in, but as soon as he uses The Trickster's powers he discovers an unexpected and jarring environment, a reflection of his soul.[2]
  • The King: King of fools and ruler of Koozå. He tries to gain respect from those around them.
  • The Royal Clowns: The Tourist and The Handyman are the semi-loyal footmen to The King.
  • The Bad Dog: An untrained uncontrollable dog. He is playful to The Innocent and eventually becomes his companion.
  • Heimlos: In charge of all the machinery in the world of Koozå, Heimlos spends most of his time beneath the stage.
  • The Scalper: Discretely making his way around Koozå guests, The Scalper will try to make you buy the cheapest Koozå tickets on the market.
  • The Cops: The authority of Koozå who try to stop The Scalper's business..

No Longer in the Show

  • The Pickpocket: A mischievous clumsy clown who likes to pickpocket and taunts The Cops to catch him.

Acts[]

Act One

  • Charivari (Opening)
  • Contortion
  • Aerial Hoop
  • Clown Act: Bad Dog
  • Unicycle Duo
  • Clown Act: "Magic!"
  • High Wire

Act Two

  • The Skeleton Dance (Choreographed Dance)
  • Wheel of Death
  • Hula Hoops
  • Clown Act: Missing Crown
  • Balancing on Chairs
  • Teeterboard
  • Finale

  • Diabolo
  • Cyr Wheel

  • Aerial Straps
  • Juggling
  • Pickpocketing
  • Hand To Hand
  • Solo Trapeze

  • Music[]

    The music for Koozå is composed by Jean-François Côté. Inspired by pop music, 1970's funk, film scores from the 1940s and 1950s, and orchestral music. Koozå has two singers that sing for the two acts. Act One of the show is sung by the character The Indian Singer while Act Two is sung by The Soul Singer.

    Vocalist[]

    Indian Singer

    • Tara Baswani - From April 2007 (Montreal) to January 2013 (London)
    • Meetu Chilana - From 2009 to 2010
    • Naomi Zaman - From January 2013 (London) to April 2013 (Madrid)
    • Dorothée Doyer - From May 2013 (Bilbao) to June 2014 (Vienna)
    • Mary-Pier Guilbault - From June 2014 (Vienna) to December 2015 (Vancouver), From August 2017 (Singapore) to Present
    • Alessandra González - From March 2016 (Montevideo) to August 2017 (Singapore)

    Soul Singer

    • Theresa Bailey - From April 2007 (Montreal) to October 2007 (Toronto)
    • Cinda RamSeur - From November 2007 to January 2011 (Miami)
    • Vedra Chandler - From February 2011 (Tokyo) to April 2015 (Bern)
    • Nathaly Lopez - From June 2015 (Columbus) to April 2016 (Montevideo)
    • Jennlee Shallow - From April 2016 (Buenos Aires) to July 2016 (Santiago)
    • Lisa Ramey - From August 2016 (Sydney) to August 2017 (Singapore)
    • Lyrika 'Erica' Ball-Holmes - From August 2017 (Singapore) to June 2018 (Hong Kong)
    • Tymara Walker - From June 2018 (Changsha) to March 2019 (Auckland)
    • Joanie Goyette - From May 2019 (Valencia) to Present

    Filmography[]

    A Thrilling Ride through Koozå is a documentary of the creation of Koozå.

    A filmed performance of Koozå was filmed in Toronto, Canada on September 2008.

    Touring Schedule[]

    The following color boxes indicate the region of each performance:
      EU  Europe   NA  North America   SA  South and Central America   AP  Asia/Pacific   OC  Oceania   AF  Africa

    Grand Chapiteau Tour

    2007 - 2018 Schedule

    2007 Schedule
      NA  Montréal, QC - From April 19 to July 15, 2007 (show première)
      NA  Québec City, QC - From July 5 to July 29, 2007
      NA  Toronto, ON - From August 9 to October 21, 2007
      NA  San Francisco, CA - From November 16, 2007 to January 20, 2008

    2008 Schedule
      NA  San Jose, CA - From January 31 to March 16, 2008
      NA  Hartford, CT - From April 1 to April 27, 2008
      NA  Philadelphia, PA - From May 8 to June 15, 2008
      NA  Chicago, IL - From June 26 to August 24, 2008
      NA  Boston, MA - From September 5 to October 19, 2008
      NA  Washington, DC - From October 30 to December 14, 2008

    2009 Schedule
      NA  Atlanta, GA - From January 2 to March 1, 2009
      NA  Baltimore, MD - From March 12 to April 5, 2009
      NA  New York, NY - From April 16 to June 21, 2009
      NA  Minneapolis, MN - From July 3 to August 9, 2009
      NA  Denver, CO - From August 20 to October 4, 2009
      NA  Santa Monica, CA - From October 16 to December 20, 2009

    2010 Schedule
      NA  Irvine, CA - From January 8 to February 14, 2011
      NA  San Diego, CA - From February 25 to March 28, 2011
      NA  Portland, OR - From April 9 to May 23, 2011
      NA  Seattle, WA - From June 3 to July 11, 2011
      NA  Vancouver, BC - From July 22 to September 5, 2011
      NA  Calgary, AB - From September 16 to October 24, 2011
      NA  Miami, FL - From November 12, 2010 to January 22, 2011

    2011 Schedule
      AP  Tokyo, JP - From February 2 to April 8, 2011
      AP  Osaka, JP - From August 4 to November 6, 2011
      AP  Nagoya, JP - From November 23, 2011 to January 22, 2012

    2012 Schedule
      AP  Fukuoka, JP - From February 9 to April 8, 2012
      NA  Phoenix, AZ - From June 8 to July 15, 2012
      NA  Houston, TX - From July 26 to September 28, 2012
      NA  Dallas, TX - From September 19 to October 28, 2012
      NA  St. Petersburg, FL - From November 8 to December 16, 2012

    2013 Schedule
    (Kooza played in the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK during this time)
      EU  Madrid, ES - From March 1 to April 28, 2013
      EU  Bilbao, ES - From May 15 to June 16, 2013
      EU  Knokke-Heist, BE - From July 18 to August 18, 2013
      EU  Moscow, RU - From September 7 to November 4, 2013
      EU  Paris, FR - From November 23, 2013 to January 19, 2014

    2014 Schedule
      EU  Munich, DE - From January 31 to March 2, 2014
      EU  Amsterdam, NL - From March 13 to April 27, 2014
      EU  Vienna, AT - From May 9 to June 15, 2014
      EU  PortAventura World, ES - From July 9 to August 30, 2014
      EU  Warsaw, PL - From September 19 to October 19, 2014
      EU  Dusseldorf, DE - From November 6 to December 14, 2014

    2015 Schedule
    (Koozå played in the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK during this time)
      EU  Bern, CH - From February 8 to April 4, 2015
      NA  Columbus, OH - From June 4 to July 5, 2015
      NA  Virginia Beach, VA - From July 16 to August 16, 2015
      NA  Austin, TX - From September 3 to October 8, 2015
      NA  Vancouver, BC - From October 29 to December 25, 2015

    2016 Schedule
      SA  Montevideo, UR - From March 9 to April 3, 2016
      SA  Buenos Aires, AR - From April 21 to June 12, 2016
      SA  Santiago, CL - From June 29 to July 31, 2016
      OC  Sydney AU - From August 25 to November 13, 2016
      OC  Brisbane, AU - From November 24, 2016 to January 8, 2017

    2017 Schedule
      OC  Melbourne, AU - From January 20 to March 26, 2017
      OC  Perth, AU - From April 13 to June 11, 2017
      AP  Singapore, SG - From July 12 to August 27, 2017
      AP  Shanghai, CN - From October 2 to December 3, 2017
      AP  Beijing, CN - From December 15, 2017 to February 11, 2018

    2018 Schedule
      AP  Shenzhen, CN - From March 1 to April 1, 2018
      AP  Hong Kong, CN - From April 19 to June 3, 2018
      AP  Changsha, CN - From June 29 to August 19, 2018
      AP  Seoul, SK - From November 3, 2018 to January 6, 2019

    2019 Schedule

      OC  Auckland, NZ - From February 15 to March 24, 2019
      EU  Valencia, ES - From May 30 to July 14, 2019
      EU  Gijon, ES - From July 31 to September 1, 2019
      EU  Málaga, ES - From September 13 to October 1, 2019
      EU  Madrid, ES - From October 24, 2019 to January 5, 2020

    2020 Schedule

      EU  Sevilla, ES - From January 15 to March 8, 2020
      EU  Lyon, FR - From March 20, 2020 to April 26, 2020 (Cancelled)
      AP  Tel Aviv, IS - From June 4 to June 30, 2020
      EU  Zurich, CH - From September 4 to September 27, 2020 - Cancelled
      EU  Brussels, BE - From October 22, 2020 to November 27, 2020 - Cancelled

      NA  Washington, DC - From July 21 to September 19, 2021 - Cancelled
      NA  Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
      NA  Montréal, QC

    Arena Tour

    2013 & 2015 Schedule


    2013 Schedule


      EU  Royal Albert Hall, London, UK - From January 5 to February 14, 2013

    2015 Schedule
     

      EU  Royal Albert Hall, London, UK - From January 7 to February 19, 2015
    Corte

    Gallery[]

    Characters

    Koozå Stage

    Performance

    Videos[]

    Trailers

    Behind the Scenes

    References[]

    External Links[]

    Official Site

    Koozå's Facebook Page

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