Kooza – Cirque du Soleil : returns to Singapore with an all-new thrilling Big Top production opening July 2017!

GUY LALIBERTE, DAVID SHINER, SERGE ROY, STEPHANE ROY, JEAN-FRANCOIS COTE, CLARENCE FORD, MARIE-CHANTALE VAILLANCOURT, MARTIN LABRECQUE, JONATHAN DEANS, LEON ROTHENBERG, FLORENCE CORNET, ANDRE SIMARD, DANNY ZEN, ROGE FRANCOEUR, BENOIT MATHIEU

Singapore, 6 February, 2017 Cirque du Soleil returns to Singapore in July this year with KOOZA, a new production paying homage to their roots by combining thrilling, heart-stopping acrobatic performance with the art of clowning. KOOZA will be presented in the intimate setting of the signature blue-and-yellow Big Top from 12 July 2017 on Bayfront Avenue, next to Marina Bay Sands. Priority booking for M1 customers is available from today (via Sistic or at www.m1.com.sg/m1kooza) and tickets to the public will be available from 13 February online at www.sistic.com.sg or over the phone at +65 6348 5555.

Since its world premiere in Montreal in 2007, KOOZA has been seen by over 7 million people around the world. The name KOOZA is inspired by the Sanskrit word “Koza” which means “box”, “chest”, or “treasure” and emerging from this magical box is an international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from 19 different countries performing heart-stopping feats and laugh-out-loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats.

 … a thrilling spectacle jam-packed with white-knuckle acrobatic moments.”

Los Angeles Times

M1 Limited (M1), who first introduced Singaporeans to the captivating and fascinating world of Cirque du Soleil, has teamed up with the Canadian phenomenon again, to present another entertainment spectacular. KOOZA will be Cirque du Soleil’s fifth production under the Big Top to be staged in Singapore with M1 as the presenting sponsor, after Saltimbanco in 2000, Alegria in 2002, Quidam in 2005 and Totem in 2015.

GUY LALIBERTE, DAVID SHINER, SERGE ROY, STEPHANE ROY, JEAN-FRANCOIS COTE, CLARENCE FORD, MARIE-CHANTALE VAILLANCOURT, MARTIN LABRECQUE, JONATHAN DEANS, LEON ROTHENBERG, FLORENCE CORNET, ANDRE SIMARD, DANNY ZEN, ROGE FRANCOEUR, BENOIT MATHIEU

“The M1 brand has a long association with the Cirque du Soleil Big Top experience in Singapore, starting from Saltimbanco in 1999 through to Totem in 2015. We share an appreciation for the arts, alongside values like creativity, with Cirque du Soleil, and it is thus appropriate that we celebrate M1’s 20th anniversary this year as KOOZA’s presenting sponsor. M1 customers can look forward to a range of fun activities, and exciting promotions including priority booking and a 15% discount on tickets. We will also be engaging with our supported schools and adopted charities to bring their children and youth beneficiaries to join us in enjoying this spectacular experience,” said Mr P.Subramaniam, Chief Marketing Officer, M1.

GUY LALIBERTE, DAVID SHINER, SERGE ROY, STEPHANE ROY, JEAN-FRANCOIS COTE, CLARENCE FORD, MARIE-CHANTALE VAILLANCOURT, MARTIN LABRECQUE, JONATHAN DEANS, LEON ROTHENBERG, FLORENCE CORNET, ANDRE SIMARD, DANNY ZEN, ROGE FRANCOEUR, BENOIT MATHIEU

The KOOZA story follows “The Innocent” who represents the child within us all, as he takes a journey of self-discovery through a kingdom of eccentric characters, electrifying thrills and out-of-the-box surprises. “KOOZA is about human connection and the world of duality, good and bad”, says the show’s writer and director David Shiner. “The tone is fun and funny, light and open. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s very much about ideas, too.” In addition to showcasing sheer human effort – performance in its rawest, purest form – together with slapstick humour and amusing antics, KOOZA also contemplates deeper notions, including strength, harmony, identity, fragility and power. Presented in a colorful medley of costumes and characters, KOOZA springs open like a bejeweled toy box to capture the audience’s imagination and set pulses racing.

“KOOZA delivers in all areas…never fails to elicit gasps from the audience… packs a thrill of danger… the final scene is as touching as anything I’ve seen from this company.”

Sydney Morning Herald

KOOZA is currently delighting audiences in Melbourne, Australia where the season will wrap up on 26 March and then move to Perth where it will play until 7 May 2017. The tonnes of equipment and over 1000 costume pieces will then be loaded onto two 747s to make their way to Singapore.

“KOOZA, a back-to-basics affair, presents the usual rubbery contortionists, fearless tightrope walkers and other gravity-defying daredevils. But what is special about this new production is that Cirque introduces some carefully choreographed chaos and old-fashioned sideshow spark…
the real pleasures are the genuinely funny clowns.”

The New York Times

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

CALENDAR EDITORS NOTE: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’s KOOZA

Season:                 From 12 July 2017

Venue:                   Bayfront Avenue beside Marina Bay Sands

Cast:                        A cast of 50 acrobats, actors, musicians and singers from 19 countries

For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza

Stay connected with KOOZA on Twitter: @Cirque Instagram: #KOOZA

Follow KOOZA and Cirque du Soleil on:  Facebook / Instagram / YouTube / Tumblr / Google +

PERFORMANCE TIMES:
Tuesday – Friday                   8:00pm;
Saturday:                                 4:30pm and 8:00pm
Sunday:                                    1:30pm and 5.00pm

TICKET PRICE:
From $88
Excludes the booking fee of SGD$4 per ticket

BOOKINGS:
INTERNET:
             www.sistic.com.sg or www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza
PHONE:
                  +65 6348 5555

IN PERSON AT:  KOOZA Box Office on site at the Big Top on Bayfront Avenue, beside Marina Bay Sands.

Corporate and Group Bookings are available via Sliding Doors Entertainment.
Email: sales@slidingdoorsentertainment.com or call +65 6734 5573

MAKE THE NIGHT VIP ROUGE

The ultimate Cirque du Soleil experience with the best seats and access to the intimate VIP suite one hour before the show and at intermission,including delectable wines and hors d’oeuvres and take home souvenirs.

Sponsors

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges M1 as the presenting sponsor of the KOOZA Singapore tour.

About Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities in over sixty countries on six continents.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com

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