If Mecum Auto Auction in Pomona was my Valentine’s Day present to hubby, Cirque du Soleil’s show Luzia was mine. I love chocolate, flowers, and jewelry but having new experiences with my family is my favorite thing of all. Luzia wowed us all.
Luzia’s stage was a circle of marigolds, a prominent flower of Mexico. When the stage wasn’t bare for each act, it was encircled with an orange papel pescado that had detailed cutouts of the ocean, the sun, a cenote, a cantina, a horse, and a jaguar. The show opened with a butterfly, a horse, and the clown, a man who dropped in from the ceiling. It was a dream of oranges, yellows, reds, purples, and golds, reaching every audience member with its vibrancy.
Luzia showcases the culture of Mexico. Footballs (soccer balls for us Americans), luchadores, and a mariachi band are incorporated into the performances. The cast is otherworldly. I was afraid to blink throughout each act. There were jugglers, a balancing strong man, a Cyr wheel and trapeze dancing, poles, a contortionist, and swings. Each man and woman are sinewy, every muscle defined as they performed.
The props and costumes were outstanding. In addition to the horse there is an armadillo, a beetle, and birds. Each costume is vivid and bright. The detail in the mariachi band’s light green pants, the mirror outfits for both men and women, and the raspberry pink flowered swim cap that I wish they sold with the souvenirs. And the WATER. It was used in ways that it was as magical as a patronus.
I went into Luzia knowing I was going to love it. I had seen some clips of other show’s performances on television. But nothing prepared me for what I witnessed. My mouth was open so much I am pretty sure I digested a few bugs (may they rest in peace). I felt like a child enjoying her first Christmas. It was the best dream I have ever experienced and made me love the country of Mexico that much more.
I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!