Cirque du Soleil returning to Calgary with Luzia

The Big Top is coming back.

Cirque du Soleil is returning to Calgary in August with its show Luzia.

The famed Canadian-born troupe will be setting up a redesigned white and gold Big Top on the Stampede grounds from Aug. 16 to Sept. 15, 2019 to invite local audiences “to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended between dreams and reality.”

Cirque describes the show as: “a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey through a vibrant world filled with wonders, playfulness and striking artistry. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

“With mesmerizing and refreshing acrobatic performances, LUZIA brings traditional and contemporary circus disciplines to a whole new level. Cyr Wheel artists perform the unprecedented feat of rolling and spinning under the rain, while an aerialist suspended from a Trapeze flies and twirls through pouring showers. Hoop Diving is taken onto gigantic treadmills, expanding exponentially the speed and amount of daring leaps executed. Jaw-dropping highlights include a male contortionist skillfully twisting his body in the world’s most unimaginable positions, a powerful Aerial Straps specialist defying the laws of gravity at the centre of a cenote (natural sinkhole), a juggler tossing seven pins at breakneck speed, and two football (soccer) freestylers deftly mixing street dance with mind-blowing ball manipulation.”

Pre-sale tickets exclusively to members of Cirque Club are on sale today. Memberships are free and available from with many rewards including advance sales. General on-sale tickets will be available from beginning Thursday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. and starting at $49.

To get a better idea of what Luzia is about, you can check out Cirque’s 10 episode webseries here

(Photo Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil / Costumes by Giovanna Buzzi.)