As some of you may know, part of Stampede park was recently transformed and became home to Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA! The show was held in it’s 50 metre wide big top tent right on park.

I had the chance to catch the show when they were here these past few weeks and I loved it! The show features some of the traditional circus favourites – hilarious clowns and amazing acrobatics along with great choreography and music. This was my second Cirque show in Calgary and each show continues to impress and awe me with the inspiring acts in the show.

This year’s show featured a number of acts starting with the contortionists. This was one of my favourite parts of the show which featured three ladies melding and shaping their bodies into amazing sculptures and shapes. The way they moved their bodies definitely left you in shock and awe.

Another favourite act was the high wire. Two high wires were set up on stage, 15 and 25 feet high. A total of four tightrope walkers made their way across the ropes by foot and bike(!) using a number of different props and arrangements.

The Wheel of Death was another impressive act that had two artists rotating on two rotating wheels. The wheel moved at high speeds and had the artists leaping and switching rotation in the wheels.

Other acts also included: Unicycle Duo, Teeterboard, Solo Trapeze, Hoop Manipulation along with human pyramids, and a variety of balancing acts.

Humour was injected throughout the show with a few appearances by the “clowns” who did a great job of including members of the audience in the experience while dishing out a few laughs as well.

If you didn’t get to see the show you can catch some of the action online by visiting the Cirque du Soleil KOOZA website. Be sure to also keep checking back for other new and exciting shows coming to Stampede Park.

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*Photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil