It’s hard to pick a fault with Kooza, Cirque du Soleil’s latest production to come to Perth.

Everything about it is world-class, from the stunning costumes and make-up to the heart-stopping brilliance of the performers. Without exception, their skill levels push the boundaries far beyond what is generally accepted as possible.

 

 

Four tight-rope walkers from Spain and Columbia dance across the wires on two levels, one above the other – one 4.5 metres high, the other 7.6 metres.

 

 

Not only do they skip on the wire, jump over each other and even lie down, but then two of them cycle across the wire while a third balances on a chair standing on a pole between them.

Three rubber-limbed contortionists from Mongolia, clad in jewelled costumes of red and gold, are graceful and perfectly synchronised as they sculpt their bodies into impossible shapes.

 

 

A unicyclist with remarkable control of his one-wheeler scoops up his partner, spins her about and supports her standing on his head while he pedals nonchalantly along.

Imagine a sort of see-saw – a teeterboard, they call it – with a single acrobat standing on the low end. Then two others leap down, with precision accuracy, onto the high end. As they land, their weight sends the single acrobat flying high into the air, where he twists, turns and somersaults at a dizzying pace before making a perfect landing.

 

 

 

Then imagine the single acrobat doing it again – only this time he is wearing stilts as he does triple somersaults aloft and once again lands right on cue.

 

 

The Wheel of Death has two men balancing inside two huge turning wheels high above the ground. As the wheels turn faster and faster the men run forwards and backwards to keep their balance until finally they are on top of the spinning wheels, racing on the spot to keep from falling while the spectators gasp on astonishment.

 

 

There are hoop artists, strong men, tumblers and of course the clowns, who keep the crowd laughing at their outrageous antics.

 

 

The show opens with a massed spectacle of costumed characters who rush out onto the stage in a blur of action and colour. There is so much going on at once that you are hard put to keep an eye on everything.

 

 

But Kooza is not just about the acts. The theatricality, the music, the staging and the split-second timing all combine to make this an extraordinary event.

Kooza runs until 11 June at Belmont Park Racecourse. Visit cirquedusoleil.com

 

Photo: Charivari – Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: High Wire – Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Unicycle – Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Teeterboard – Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Wheel of Death – Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Hoops – Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Clowns – Carlos Müller Costumes Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt © 2016 Cirque du Solei

 

 

 

 

 

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