Mike and I have loved Cirque shows ever since Scott and Erci introduced us to Quidam at Tysons Corner several years ago. Since then we've seen over half a dozen various Cirque shows, some of them touring, some of them in various vacation spots (Florida, Vegas). Cirque is quite a unique experience, if you've never seen a show, I'd highly recommend going to their website to see whether they have a show coming to your area. Cirque shows are visually stunning, highly choreographed, the music well done, and the acts are breathtaking (literally). Each show has a theme running through which tells a story but it's pretty loose and is mostly used to move from act to act. Each show is amazing but after a while, the shows start to blur together and most of them are very similar so we stopped going to them.
Last thursday Cirque du Soleil's new show Kooza premiered in DC. One of Mike's vendors at work is a sponsor for Kooza so the vendor offered us two seats to the premiere. Since we hadn't seen a cirque show for a few years now, we couldn't turn down the offer, even if we had to travel over the Wilson bridge right in the middle of rush hour. We got there with plenty of time to spare, so we wandered around the outside tent filled with cirque merchandise while noshing on free popcorn and soda. We got to our seats (third row from stage!) with an amazing view of the stage.
Kooza tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. He meets a myriad of characters during his journey which is used to pull the acts together. This cirque is a little different from the previous shows we've seen in that it seems more "traditional". There aren't as many weird/cool contraptions but a lot of acts involving balance, contortion, acrobatics, and clowns. The acts show off the endurance, agility, and flexibility of the human body (how do they DO that?). If you're in the DC area, definitely try to grab some tickets to see this show, it's a lot of fun.