|Company||Cirque du Soleil|
|Show type||Touring show|
|Date of premiere||April 19, 2007|
|Writer and director||David Shiner|
|Creation director||Serge Roy|
|Set designer||Stéphane Roy|
|Costume designer||Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt|
|Lighting designer||Martin Labrecque|
|Artistic guide||Guy Laliberté|
|Sound designer||Jonathan Deans|
|Makeup designer||Florence Cornet|
|Rigging and acrobatic equipment designer||Danny Zen|
|Acrobatic performance designer||André Simard|
|Preceded by||Love (2006)|
|Succeeded by||Wintuk (2007)|
Koozå is a touring circus production by Cirque du Soleil which premiered in Montréal, Canada, in 2007. The show was written and directed by David Shiner, who had previously worked as a clown in Cirque du Soleil's production of Nouvelle Expérience. His experience as a clown and his past work with Switzerland's Circus Knie and Germany's Circus Roncalli informed his work on Koozå.
Due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the artists and staff of Koozå were temporarily relocated to Macau where they continued training at Cirque du Soleil's resident show Zaia. The major benefit of relocating there is that the team is able to partner with the crews of Zed (which was also relocated from Japan) and Zaia at the Macau training facilities. Shows running from March 11 through April 9 were cancelled. The troupe returned and started performances again after facility management had conducted a thorough safety inspection.
Set and technical information 
Stéphane Roy designed Koozå's stage to evoke a public square that changes into a circus ring. The sight lines for the audience is quite grand, up to 260 degrees. The stage has one major component, a traveling tower dubbed the "bataclan." The decoration for the bataclan is inspired by Hindu culture, Pakistani buses and Indian jewelry. The large fabric structure behind the bataclan is organic in nature, as it's printed with a motif resembling the internal structure of leaves. As for the stage itself, the surface is decorated to look like the night sky. The center ring itself has a graphic representation of the night sky in Montréal the day which the show premiered.
Although there are many performers in Koozå, there are seven primary characters who are central to the narrative.
- The Trickster: Created the world that is Koozå for the Innocent.
- The Innocent: Is eager to learn about the world he is in, yet discovers many unexpected things.
- The King: Plays the king of fools, and is seen with his sidekicks, the clowns.
- Clowns: The two court clowns are the King's footmen.
- The Pickpocket: Provides humor throughout the performance, and performs an act of pickpocketing on an audience member.
- Heimloss: Is in charge of all the mechanical machinery in Koozå.
- The Bad Dog: The dog is not trained at all, but does become drawn to the Innocent and becomes his companion.
- Balancing on chairs
- Hand to hand
- High wire
- Hoops manipulation
- Solo trapeze
- Unicycle duo
- Wheel of death
Retired acts 
Reflecting Cirque du Soleil's return to more traditional circus arts with clowning and acrobatics, Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt (costume designer) chose a color palette more in line with traditional circus and burlesque: red, white, and gold. Koozå's costumes are designed from the point of view of a character called the Innocent. The Innocent's costume itself has horizontal stripes and is very ill-fitted, with sleeves much too long and pant legs much too short, illustrating his childlike naïvety. The other main character, the Trickster, is impeccably dressed, with the same colored stripes as the Innocent, yet his are vertical. In fact, the stripes are aligned to such a degree that the lines run directly in line from headpiece to shoe. Much detail was put into piecing the wool-lycra blend pieces together to show the Trickster's mischievous and all-powerful character.
Inspiration for the characters was drawn from graphic novels and comic books, Gustav Klimt paintings, as well as Indian and Eastern European art. As Koozå is dreamt of by the Innocent, many of the costumes are designed to impress the audience with ideas of children's toys, soldiers, and children's stories. Many of the costumes are also designed to metamorphose. For example, the Charivari performers have controls at their fingertips that will turn their costumes from gold to red in the blink of an eye. These metamorphosis effects were inspired by quick-change artists and magicians.
Koozå has more than 175 costumes and 160 hats. Counting all of the shoes, props, wigs and such, the total number of wardrobe pieces is 1,080.
Composed by Jean-François Côté, the show's music was inspired by the music of India, pop music, 1970s funk, orchestral music, and film scores from the 1940s and 1950s. Below is a list of the tracks featured on the CD, which was released on June 24, 2008. The items in parentheses indicate the related act.
- Koozå Dance (Skeleton dance)
- Superstar I (Juggling)
- L'innocent (Charivari, pt 1)
- Royaume (Charivari, pt 2)
- Junoon (Contortion)
- Alambre Alto (High wire)
- 16-Papillon (Solo trapeze)
- Pearl (Unicycle duo)
- Cabaret Sata (Unicycle duo)
- Aankh Micholi (Pickpocket)
- Diables (Wheel of death, pt 1)
- El Péndulo de la Muerte (Wheel of death, pt 2)
- Petit-Jaune (Opening)
- Superstar II (Juggling)
- Imposteur (Transition to high wire)
- Prarthana (Balancing on chairs, pt 1)
- Don't be Afraid (Balancing on chairs, pt 2)
- Hum Jaisa Na Dekha (Teeterboard)
A Thrilling Ride through Koozå was the first film release related to Cirque du Soleil's show, Koozå. This short documentary was directed by Roger Cantin and released in September 2007. It was shot on location in Montréal, Canada.
Cirque du Soleil released a film production of Koozå in September 2008. The film was directed by Mario Janelle and produced by Jacques Méthé. It was shot using eight high-definition cameras on location in Toronto, Canada.
The following colorboxes indicate the region of each performance:
Europe North America South and Central Americas Asia/Pacific Oceania Africa
Grand Chapiteau tour 
2007 schedule 
Montréal, QC - From 19 Apr 2007 to 24 Jun 2007 (show première)
Québec, QC - From 5 Jul 2007 to 29 Jul 2007
Toronto, ON - From 9 Aug 2007 to 21 Oct 2007
San Francisco, CA - From 16 Nov 2007 to 20 Jan 2008
2008 schedule 
San Jose, CA - From 31 Jan 2008 to 16 Mar 2008
Hartford, CT - From 1 Apr 2008 to 27 Apr 2008
Philadelphia, PA - From 8 May 2008 to 15 Jun 2008
Chicago, IL - From 26 Jun 2008 to 24 Aug 2008
Boston, MA - From 5 Sep 2008 to 19 Oct 2008
Washington, DC - From 30 Oct 2008 to 14 Dec 2008
2009 schedule 
Atlanta, GA - From 2 Jan 2009 to 1 Mar 2009
Baltimore, MD - From 12 Mar 2009 to 5 Apr 2009
New York, NY - From 16 Apr 2009 to 21 Jun 2009
Minneapolis, MN - From 3 Jul 2009 to 9 Aug 2009
Denver, CO - From 20 Aug 2009 to 4 Oct 2009
Santa Monica, CA - From 16 Oct 2009 to 20 Dec 2009
2010 schedule 
Irvine, CA - From 8 Jan 2010 to 14 Feb 2010
San Diego, CA - From 25 Feb 2010 to 28 Mar 2010
Portland, OR - From 9 Apr 2010 to 23 May 2010
Seattle, WA - From 3 Jun 2010 to 11 Jul 2010
Vancouver, BC - From 22 Jul 2010 to 5 Sep 2010
Calgary, AB - From 16 Sep 2010 to 24 Oct 2010
Miami, FL - From 12 Nov 2010 to 2 Jan 2011
2011 schedule 
Tokyo, JP - From 2 Feb 2011 to 18 Jul 2011
Osaka, JP - From 4 Aug 2011 to 6 Nov 2011
Nagoya, JP - From 23 Nov 2011 to 22 Jan 2012
2012 schedule 
- Fukuoka, JP - From 9 Feb 2012 to 1 Apr 2012
- Phoenix, AZ - From 8 Jun 2012 to 15 Jul 2012
- Houston, TX - From 26 Jul 2012 to 9 Sep 2012
- Dallas, TX - From 19 Sep 2012 to 28 Oct 2012
- St. Petersburg, FL - From 8 Nov 2012 to 16 Dec 2012
2013 schedule 
- Royal Albert Hall, London, UK - From 5 Jan 2013 to 14 Feb 2013
- Madrid, ES - From 1 Mar 2013 to 28 Apr 2013
- Bilbao, ES - From 15 May 2013 to 16 Jun 2013
- Knokke, BE - From 18 Jul 2013 to 18 Aug 2013
- Moscow, RU - From 7 Sep 2013 to 29 Sep 2013
- Paris, FR - From 23 Nov 2013 to 19 Jan 2014
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