KOOZA receives a standing ovation and glowing reviews

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Cirque du Soleil celebrated its return to Australia last week with the Australian premiere performance of its all-new production, KOOZA, on Thursday 25 August.

The opening night took place under the famous blue-and-yellow Big Top at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park in Sydney and was attended by a star-studded crowd who gave the show a rapturous standing ovation. Following the Sydney season KOOZA will tour on to Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

Celebrities that attended the Australian Premiere included:

  • Colin Fassnidge
  • Bronwyn Bishop
  • Lisa Wilkinson
  • Hunter Page-Lochard
  • Julia Zemiro
  • Keira Maguire
  • Luke Jacobz
  • Sam Frost
  • Teigan Nash
  • Barry Du Bois
  • Scott Lee
  • Tessa James
  • Olivia Phyland
  • Miguel Maestre
  • Raechelle Banno
  • Matthew Little
  • Tim Dormer
  • Pia Miller
  • Braith Anasta
  • Rob Mills
  • Michael Caton
  • Johnny Ruffo
  • Tai Hara
  • Nathan Bracken

And it’s not just the audiences that love KOOZA. The critics’ reviews are in and they are glowing:

“KOOZA is about celebrating the raw power of extreme acrobatics and eternal appeal of the clown. And it does both with breathtaking beauty and humour… it’s simply a jaw-dropping night out.” -The Daily Telegraph

“Spell-binding feats have you gasping… remarkable acrobatic and other physical skills wrapped up in a slick, lavish staging… the performers are exceptional”. – The Sunday Telegraph

“KOOZA delivers in all areas…never fails to elicit gasps from the audience… packs a thrill of danger… the final scene is as touching as anything I’ve seen from this company.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“A tribute to the golden days of circus…joyous to behold… human beings doing bizarre things for the enjoyment of others and getting a huge kick out of it.” – The Australian

“With its jaw-dropping athletic skill and high-risk circus acts, KOOZA is a celebration of traditional circus. The show is hugely entertaining with breathtaking, heart-stopping acts… The clowns are all excellent, and genuinely funny… The circus acts are consistently superb”. – ArtsHub

“These amazing performers achieve gravity-spurning feats of peril that would seem outlandish if you saw a stuntman performing them in a computer-effects-enhanced superhero movie. Yet here they are doing it for real, right in front of your eyes.” – Australian Stage

“Cirque du Soleil is never just a circus! It’s a bright, acrobatic entertainment cavalcade that balances thrills and laughter, daredevil and slapstick in an expertly choreographed and perfectly timed performance.” – Stage Whispers

KOOZA is now playing at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park until 6 November.

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