|This is the photo that got me a reprimand for taking pictures before the show even started!|
Update 1/3/2011: So I met a cool chick named Ofelia that took some pictures of Kooza just a day after I was there. Apparently her iPhone came with an owner that could use the camera function; either that or she didn't have an usher watching like a rabid hawk! Either way, you will see 9MB of pics here with a special thank you. Be sure to click on them if they appear too small. Ofelia's pictures are so good that I put both of my crappy blurry ones at the bottom! End Update.
My goal here tonight is to write a review so spectacular that it matches the awesomeness of the actual show. Perhaps that's been done, as I've never read any Cirque review of any show ever, with the exception of simple praises by a few of my friends. I've been in the front row of two other Cirque Miami shows, but this time I was a little higher (that's what pot-head said) in the audience. My wife and I were in the middle section and they were awesome seats!
Now, let me give you half a dozen little tips. Don't ever park at this big top venue next to American Airlines Arena. Show up a few minutes early and pay less than half at Bayside. Our $5 Bayside tab was actually a rip off as we saw a closer $2 lot across the street, but at least it wasn't an Andrew Jackson! Next, do not buy beer or any food at this place. The dollar amount and quality will make you feel, well, taken advantage of. Have a little self control and drink before and after the show from the trunk of your car. Now, while this is pretty much an upscale crowd, do not stare at the asshole that is wearing red women's shoes and trying to look like one of the Cirque characters. Finally, and most importantly, DO be sure to use one of the portable heads. They are some of the most luxurious you will ever use outside of the Ritz!
Oh, hold up. You wanted to hear about the show? Well, I'm your guy. Check this out. I'm not going to name every act, just those I thought were particularly memorable.
|Awesome from Boston.com|
|Ofelia Captures The Contortionists|
The next act that really caught my attention before intermission was Unicycle Dance. In this event, one guy on a unicycle performed amazingly skilled maneuvers, and his dance partner showed amazing trust and skill with her acrobatic dance moves. No way this gets pulled off so eloquently with a lesser partner, though I think that's what Cirque wants you to think--how awesome Uni dude is (and he is). Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire? No freakin' way this couple doesn't come out on top of them. And remember, this dude is on a Unicycle. So romantic, too!
|Ofelia's High Wire Acrobats|
Next up. More people-watching during the 30 minute whatever. Remember, don't be a sucker for the $5 hot dog or $14 shot of vodka. Be careful of elitist ladies with purses on their shoulders backing into you and then getting pissed off when they knock said purse off of said shoulder during the bump caused by said ladies. When she (hypothetically) says "Jeez" just reply "What the fuck? You backed into me!" And she will go away, timidly. Trust me.
OK. You are back from intermission. You got a five minute warning that only a few assholes didn't make it back in time to meet. Did I mention that there is a Jester who is acting as host, and this guy can dance; he's got every ballet move ever invented. There is also what I am calling the Royalty Box, where some awesome singers and dancers hang out and sing and dance. Behind them, a live band. And the drummer opened the second half with a fucking awesome drum solo!
After the drummer guy was finished, the second half of the show got started in full acrobatic force. I wrote down short comments about four of those acts.
|Ofelia Comes Through Again|
|Look at these dudes on top of their Hamster Wheels!|
|Ofelia Hula Hoops Chick. So Fast It's Blurry!|
|Ofelia's Chinese Chair Chief. Two Chairs to Go!|
|Ofelia Captured the Ball Balancers! I Forgot!|
What else can I say? Great music, awesome costumes, and the light show was to die for. I loved how every aspect was timed perfectly. It was great to see the cast also be the crew, setting things up, tearing them down, and making everything seem to be part of the show.
Best part of New Year's Eve Kooza in Miami? The fact that I got the hell out of Dodge before the Usher concert next door at American Airlines Arena! No, just kidding. Well, there is actually some truth to it. I did get a little high, this time for real, on the way back to the parking garage. I guess those were concert fans. But in all, I had a great time with my wife and totally am a Cirque du Soleil groupie.
Now, I know a bunch of my local friends, online and off, went to this show. If you catch my review here, please take a moment to add your favorite part or something you found to be interesting. Perhaps it was the anti-camera psycho ushers? Whatever it was, I want to know. Thanks.
A Thrilling Ride Through Kooza: Rires Et Frissons [Cirque Du Soleil] DVD
Cirque Du Soleil Anniversary Collection (1984-2005)
Usher: Live - 8701 Evolution Tour
|Two Girls on Stage|
|The Ringleader in the Audience|