kooza Archive

  • Three Gymnasts from Kooza – From Sport to Stage

    Three Gymnasts from Kooza – From Sport to Stage

    It's the classic storybook narrative; a young outcast with a troubled past runs away from home to join the circus in pursuit of a better life. But for former top-level gymnasts Talita De Lima, Ion Ciacla and Denis Pirogov, the fiction is their reality. The trio, from Brazil, Romania and Russia all called time on their sporting careers in search of a more exciting lifestyle and now perform together as teeterboard artists in Cirque du Soleil KOOZA.

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  • KOOZA’s Next Stop — Seoul, South Korea!

    KOOZA’s Next Stop — Seoul, South Korea!

    Get ready for thrills and chills Seoul, Korea! After welcoming 8 million spectators from 61 cities in 19 countries, we’re coming your way! You can catch us under the Big Top at the Jamsil Sports Complexe starting November 3rd. See you soon!

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  • Cirque du Soleil Tapped CSUN Alum for Comedy

    Cirque du Soleil Tapped CSUN Alum for Comedy

    Haves’ creativity and love of performance landed him a job as comic act designer for the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, which uses acrobats, dancers, clowns and contortionists to tell stories. One of Cirque du Soleil’s most defining characteristics matches Haves’ passion: non-language based (or nonverbal) performance.

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  • Balancing on 7m Tower of Chairs no Sweat for Cirque Artiste

    Balancing on 7m Tower of Chairs no Sweat for Cirque Artiste

    For Chinese national Yao Deng Bo, 39, being an acrobat is his life, and he couldn't imagine doing anything else. But one would think so, as Cirque's resident 'Chinese Chair' performer has been training in the art form since he was 6 years old. The native of Huainan picked up gymnastics and acrobatics at the encouragement of his father.

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  • For Chinese acrobat Deng Bo Yao it’s all in the Balance

    For Chinese acrobat Deng Bo Yao it’s all in the Balance

    Balancing at the top of eight chairs stacked seven metres high would be scary for the average person who isn't used to spending time at such great heights. As it turns out, it can be scary for professional acrobats as well. Chinese acrobat Deng Bo Yao was afraid of heights for years before conquering his fear.

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  • Cirque’s remarkable 3-D Costume Printer

    Cirque’s remarkable 3-D Costume Printer

    The art of costume design has remained mostly unchanged for centuries, its history writ with needle and thread, but it is now just one of many industries being revolutionized by 3-D printing. Kooza is the first Cirque du Soleil show to have a 3D printer in the wardrobe department.

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  • Meet Paul Butler, Kooza’s Drummer

    Meet Paul Butler, Kooza’s Drummer

    All Paul Butler wanted to be while growing up in Adelaide was a rock star. Butler said he saw three options when pursuing a full-time job in his field – joining an orchestra, touring in a music theatre production or joining Cirque. Now he travels the world living another dream – playing drums for Cirque du Soleil.

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  • Kooza in 360° in Melbourne, Australia

    Kooza in 360° in Melbourne, Australia

    Inside the 'Kooza' bigtop performers talk us through their acrobatics at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.

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  • Aussie Laura Kmetko Still Leaping For Joy

    Aussie Laura Kmetko Still Leaping For Joy

    The flags of 18 countries fly outside the swirling blue and yellow 'Kooza' bigtop at Flemington racecourse, one for every nationality represented in Cirque du Soleil's cast. The Australian flag waves proudly among them thanks to the one and only local performer in the troupe, teeterboard flyer Laura Kmetko.

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  • VIDEO /// Training an Artist – KOOZA Trickster

    VIDEO /// Training an Artist – KOOZA Trickster

    Watch how Barry Lowen went through an artistic process and training to become the Trickster in Cirque du Soleil's show Kooza. In a traditional circus homage, KOOZA combines acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, while exploring fear, identity, recognition and power.

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  • Cirque du Soleil Kooza Slot Review

    Cirque du Soleil Kooza Slot Review

    KOOZA, consisting of impressive acrobatic and clown acts, was for the first time used as a topic for a video slot game. SG Interactive developed an entertaining five-reel, 40-pay-line slot packed with action, which just might leave the audience in awe, just like the famous circus show, thanks to plenty of fun and rewarding features that will keep spinners chained for their seats.

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  • Meet Laura Kmetko – Kooza Teeterboard Flyer

    Meet Laura Kmetko – Kooza Teeterboard Flyer

    ACROBAT Laura Kmetko recently marked her 900th show with Cirque Du Soleil’s KOOZA in Brisbane. “Brisbane is my 18th city with this show,” she said of her far-flung schedule, which includes up to 10 shows a week. Now homeward bound, the bubbly 32-year-old performer was looking forward to getting away to the mountains and visiting family.

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  • Lisa Skinner in Good Spirits During Recovery

    Lisa Skinner in Good Spirits During Recovery

    Cirque du Soleil aerialist Lisa Skinner is in good spirits despite a horror fall in front of thousands of people. Ms Skinner is recovering from a fractured C1 vertebrae and a fractured radial bone on her right arm sustained during the November 27 performance of Kooza.

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  • Brisbane Olympic Gymnast Lisa Skinner Falls, Sustains Injuries

    Brisbane Olympic Gymnast Lisa Skinner Falls, Sustains Injuries

    Brisbane Olympic gymnast Lisa Skinner who fell during a performance on Sunday will be fitted with a brace on Monday to keep her body from moving, her mother says. The 35-year-old was performing the aerial hoop solo act during Cirque du Soleil's Kooza performance at Skygate when she fell, plummeting to the floor just before 2pm.

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  • Meet Kooza’s Joey Arrigo

    Meet Kooza’s Joey Arrigo

    With a reputation for pulse-racing performance, any new show by Cirque du Soliel is wrapped in expectations by an audience eager to be wowed. With Kooza, the company has set the bar even higher. Out troupe member Joey Arrigo, who plays the Trickster, shares his journey with Cec Busby.

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