Luzia, the new Cirque du Soleil show inspired by Mexico

By Fernanda Duque Hernández

Mexican talent are involved in this new production

Luzia is the name of the next Cirque du Soleil production that will showcase on April 21st at the Old Port of Montreal. This brand new show promises to be nothing but spectacular! It’s in fact inspired by the surreal culture of Mexico.

The 38th production of the circus will be under the direction of Swiss-Italian Daniele Finzi Pasca, who lived a whole year in Mexico, an experience that led and helped him capture the contemporary Mexican art for the Cirque.

cirque du soleil luziaOriginal Image: Screenshot “Luzia by Cirque du Soleil- Official Teaser” by: Cirque du Soleil, vía YouTube

Luzia is “the interpretation of a Mexico that some of us have inside or that we reinvent”, said Finzi Pasca at the ‘Story of an Encounter’ which is a documentary about the new production.

According to different media, the new show -which is supported by a 28 million USD investment-will have 44 artists on stage, five musicians and the debut of Majo Cornejo, the first Mexican singer of the Cirque. All the music is being composed by Simon Carpentier.

Luzia -name which is the result of the juxtaposition of the Spanish words for ‘light’ and ‘rain’- will also feature the participation of Mexican art director Eugenio Caballero, who was awarded with an Oscar for his work on Pan's Labyrinth.

luzia cirque du soleilOriginal Image: Screenshot “Luzia by Cirque du Soleil- Official Teaser” by: Cirque du Soleil, vía YouTube

But that's not all, according to the delegate of Mexico City’s Ministry of Culture, Xochitl Galvez, in collaboration with the Government of Quebec, soon they could be signing an agreement for a dramatic circus arts and street entertainment school by Cirque du Soleil at the Cosmos Cinema (in Mexico City), which is currently under renovation to be transformed into a cultural center.

The idea is to give the opportunity to children and young people who love juggling tricks and gymnastic to develop their skills with professionals and after the prohibition of animals in circuses, we need to give Mexicans circuses, professional artists just like it has been done in other countries”.

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