Kooza is backed by a live band of musicians and singers who provide ambiance to the circus acts and the narrative that runs through them. The narrative is pretty simple: An ‘Innocent’ discovers a magical world where people don stilts and get thrown high up in the air via a see-saw (teeterboard), do aerial hula hoops whilst hanging upside down mid-air, ride the tight rope on a cycle with people stacked one on top of another, contort their bodies whilst balancing on things/other people and jump, run and skip rope whilst on a rotating wheel of death, amongst other death-defying activities.
Kooza pales in comparison to Cirque’s higher-adrenalin and more energetic Totem which I reviewed previously. Totem also had a better plot and a more stunning backdrop of visuals on set. However, Kooza has its own charm as an old-fashioned circus for the entire family to enjoy – including little children. Totem was rather mature and sexy. Kooza is back-to-basics circus, minus the animals.
The clowns add a nostalgic touch too which Totem didn’t quite utilize as much. The clowns here really bring the laughs as they pick audience members to come on stage and partake in funny actions. Luckily on the day I was there, the two people picked were very sporting and natural on stage.
So if you are looking for a family outing that’s a fit for every age group, consider Kooza – because sometimes we all need to go back to basics.