Cirque du Soleil returns to St. Petersburg with its big top production of Kooza, continuing through Dec. 16 under the white Big Top at Tropicana Field.
ST. PETERSBURG - Cirque du Soleil returns to St. Petersburg with its big top production of Kooza, which opened Nov. 8 under the white Big Top at Tropicana Field. Cirque du Soleil recently announced one final week of performances has been added to the St. Petersburg engagement. Kooza will play through Sunday, Dec. 16.
Tickets for all performances of are available online at cirquedusoleil.com/kooza or may be purchased in person at the Cirque du Soleil box office located inside the entrance tent at Tropicana Field. Box office hours are from 90 minutes prior to show time to 30 minutes after the beginning of the show on show days, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Since its premiere in Montreal in April of 2007, KOOZA has charmed over 4 million spectators in North America and Japan. It’s the last chance to see Kooza in North America before heads to Europe.
Written and directed by David Shiner, Kooza is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil that combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.
The name Kooza is inspired by the Sanskrit word “koza,” which means “box,” “chest” or “treasure,” and was chosen because one of the underlying concepts of the production is the idea of a “circus in a box.”
The show starts with The Trickster bursting onto the scene like a jack-in-a-box right in front of The Innocent, and that is just the first of many surprises to follow. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Heimloss, the Pickpocket, the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog.
Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, Kooza is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.
Several of the 53 performing artists in the show have received awards from important circus arts competitions, notably in trapeze. The show presents an unprecedented approach to the High Wire and a breathtaking Wheel of Death – an act that Cirque du Soleil has never before presented under the big top.
Regular performance schedule: Wednesdays to Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. No performances on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges Infiniti, CGI, XEROX and Sun Life Financial as the official sponsors of the KOOZA 2012 North American Tour.
Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.