Up until last week, I had never seen a Cirque du Soleil show. People always look at me blankly when I say that. I’ve been to Vegas once, but the Cirque du Soleil show there was sold out and I was really bummed. I’ve been determined to see one of their traveling shows here in the Seattle area. So, when I was invited to attend opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia, we dropped everything to attend.
Opening night was an experience within itself. There were several performers roaming around in front of the entrance entertaining the crowd and posing for photos. Once we entered the Big Top, it really felt like we were at the circus. There were souvenir booths filled with brightly colored items and lots of popcorn! The crowd was a mix of people coming from work, those wearing “Northwest Chic” casual wear, and those who really got in the spirit of Cirque du Soleil. When we got to our seats, I was surprised how intimate the space was knowing that it can seat 2,600 people. The air was filled with energetic anticipation for the show.
The 3 best words to describe the show are: Mesmerizing, Beautiful, and Awe-Struck. Luzia is set in fantastical Mexico full of vibrant colors and powerful music. They did a wonderful job of incorporating unique aspects of Mexican culture, including Mexican wrestling, golden age of Mexican cinema, football, Day of the Dead and more.
The costumes themselves are worth drooling over. In one of the first acts, a woman dons a butterfly dress that is massive and full of movement. There are quite a few bird costumes that are spectacular. The real show-stopper was the white dress that magically bloomed red flowers.
The best part of the show in my opinion was the use of water. The name Luzia is a combination of the word luz (meaning light in Spanish) and iluvia (meaning rain.) I live in Seattle and opening night was one of the first evenings it wasn’t raining in what felt like eons. So, of course Cirque du Soleil brought the rain inside. The way they incorporated the water into the show was exquisite and not only did it add another level of wonder to the performances, but also allowed for some humor.
I looked around throughout the show and saw quite a few small children. There were a few parents who were wearing their babies and toddlers in baby carriers, which I thought was a great idea. I also saw kids curled up in their seats nodding off after intermission.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia to families with children. I also highly recommend to parents as an unforgettable date night worthy of hiring a sitter. As soon as the show ended, I told my husband I couldn’t wait to see the next one!
5 Tips for Bringing Children to Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia
- The Big Top never gets too dark.
- The music isn’t too loud (and there are no loud noises to startle kids)
- They offer seat cushions (plus there isn’t a bad seat in the house)
- The stage rotates on a turntable for most of the show, so kids can see different perspectives.
- The evening show ran from 8pm-10:30pm and I saw quite a few sleepy kids. I’d recommend the earlier shows for younger kids so they won’t miss out.
I received complimentary tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia in exchange for an honest review.