Entertainment Editor

Beginning March 7, guests can experience Cirque du Soleil’s touring production of LUZIA — A Waking Dream of Mexico, under the Big Top. 

While all Cirque du Soleil productions are unique, LUZIA is bringing a few big “firsts.”

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For the first time ever, Cirque du Soleil is celebrating culture in a show. 

Cirque du Soleil released: “This imaginary Mexico is located somewhere between dream and reality in which the audience will discover different landscapes, sounds and faces of Mexico. The show is vibrant and colorful while breaking down barriers on the acrobatic standpoint. The hoop-diving act is performed on two giant treadmills to generate speed. The swing-to-swing act is also performed on a turntable so that the entire audience can enjoy the performance from all angles.

“LUZIA also enchants by incorporating rain into the acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production. Water enabled the creators to take the Cyr Wheel out of its usual context and also allowed the audience to travel into a different landscape of Mexico, such as a Cenote, in which the straps artist represents a demigod of rain.

Cirque du Soleil’s publicist for its LUZIA production, Charlie Wagner, told the News-Gazette the reason behind the culture theme is that the show’s creator lived in Mexico for 10 years. 

“He fell in love with the landscape and all the country had to offer,” she said. “He wanted to pay tribute to the culture.” 

To keep the culture theme strong, LUZIA’s touring cast totals 115 people from 25 countries, including 40 artists from Australia, Belarus, Canada, Colombia, France, Guinea, Italy, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia and Venezuela.

The News-Gazette first covered the scheduled show when it announced its tour in 2018. 

Highly anticipated by locals, LUZIA is not only the first Cirque du Soleil show to celebrate culture and new artistic elements — but it is also the first Cirque du Soleil Big Top show to come to Orlando. 

“[The setting] is very intimate,” said Wagner. “All of the seats are really close to the stage, so the audience can really see the performers and interact with them.”

Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top shows began during the beginnings of the company, in 1984, offering the atmosphere and excitement of going to a traditional circus. LUZIA is the 17th production to happen under a Big Top. However, none of the previous 16 productions have made their way to Orlando.  

LUZIA — A Waking Dream of Mexico runs March 7 through April 21, at the Florida Mall (8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando).

Tickets are on sale now starting at $49, and can be purchased online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia

Guests can choose to join the Cirque Club — a free membership, with benefits including advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes information.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, its shows and the Cirque Club, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com