(Hong Kong, 23 January, 2018)– Cirque du Soleil returns to Hong Kong in April 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 19 April 2018 at the Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road.
Priority booking for sponsors have started at https://tickets.asiaboxoffice.com/kooza/prioritysales. Citi Credit Cardholders will enjoy an early bird discount from 29 January – 4 February, 2018. Tickets to the public will be available from 5 February 2018 online at https://asiaboxoffice.com/kooza, with an early bird 15% discount until the end of February. Citi Credit Cards will enjoy the 15% discount throughout the show dates.
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
AXA Hong Kong, the modern insurer in town, has partnered with Cirque du Soleil and AsiaBoxOffice as the Presenting Sponsor to bring the unique experience of KOOZA to Hong Kong.
'We are delighted to partner with Cirque du Soleil and AsiaBoxOffice to bring KOOZA, a world-class live entertainment experience, to Hong Kong and its people for the first time. Moreover, to live up to our commitment to "empower people to live a better life", apart from bringing the unique experience to Hong Kong consumers, we will partner with Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong to invite about 200 underserved youth to enjoy the very exclusive dress rehearsal of KOOZA, with a hope that they can get inspired by the KOOZA story. We look forward to experiencing the excitement that this signature event will bring to Hong Kong,’ said Andrea Wong, Chief Marketing and Customer Officer of AXA Hong Kong.
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 Beijing, China where the season will wrap up on 11 February 2018 and then move to Shenzhen where it will play until 1 April 2018. The tons of equipment and over 1000 costume pieces will then make their way to Hong Kong.
“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: 19 April 2018 – 3 June 2018
Venue: Central Harbourfront Event Space (9 Lung Wo Rd, Central, Hong Kong)
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
Follow KOOZA and Cirque du Soleil on:
Tuesday – Friday 8:00pm
Saturday: 4:30pm and 8:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm and 5.00pm
*Additional shows on 20 April 2018 and 11 May 2018
* Public holiday shows on May 1 & May 22 are at 5p.m.
From HK$488 to HK$1888
* Excludes the booking fee of HKD$15 per ticket
IN PERSON AT: KOOZA Box Office on site at the Big Top at Central Harbourfront starting April 18
Corporate and Group Bookings are available via Asia Box Office.
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.
Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges AXA Hong Kong as the Presenting Sponsor, Skoda and Kerry Hotel Hong Kong as Official Sponsors and Citi as the Official Credit Card Partner of the KOOZA Hong Kong 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 60 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in more than 450 cities in over sixty countries on six continents.
For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com
To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit www.onedrop.org
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