Sometimes it’s tough being single in the city, but this new show from Cirque Du Soleil provides a welcome escape from solo grownup responsibilities.
Life without a partner to share responsibilities can be overwhelming at times, especially when some new challenge pops up just when you think you’re already at your limit. But then along comes a little spurt of sheer joy like Cirque Du Soleil’s Kooza and for a couple of hours you can park your baggage outside the brilliant blue and yellow striped tent and enter a world seemingly free from real world concerns.
Last Thursday night was my very first Cirque experience. I walked in with a cynical attitude that questioned what could be so fabulous about performers in fancy costumes doing circus acts? Well, I can tell you I was wrong. When I left the tent at the end of the performance, I realized how important quality recreational entertainment is — not just of for kids — but for road weary adults too.
Within minutes of taking my seat inside the enormous tent I felt my concerns about work, my new landlord and sick cat slip from my consciousness as I was lifted up into a childlike state of joy and wonder. I became one with the character on the stage who plays the role of the little boy trying to fly his kite who stumbles upon a dream world filled with magical wizards, dancing devils, flying fairies, and otherworldly creatures as unique and amazing as those dreamed up in Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
The magical characters of Cirque Du Soleil usually only live in a very young child’s imagination. By the time we grow up, those fanciful, limitless ideas are replaced by rational logic. But at Kooza, that part of our imagination is re-awakened. There’s something deep inside of us that recognizes and remembers a time in our early lives when monsters really did live under the bed and the conviction that if we had the right Superman costume for Halloween, we really would be able to leap tall buildings with a single bound.
I looked around during the performance and saw I wasn’t the only one who was experiencing this return to the joy and wonder of early childhood. It was if everyone under the tent was swept up in the same collective experience of what life was like before we were told what was real and what was fantasy. That’s the place that Kooza takes you – feeding your mind’s eye with a sensory feast of music, color and amazing feats that defy the laws of the world we struggle through every day. It’s a healing experience. Try it.