Published on March 28th, 2024 | by Andrew Bistak

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Review (#Melbourne Australia) #LUZIA @Cirque

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Review (#Melbourne Australia) #LUZIA @Cirque Andrew Bistak

Summary: Cirque du Soleil LUZIA is an intense and thoroughly enjoyable circus performance from one of the world's greatest circus troupes!


Circus Gods

The internationally renowned Canadian circus troupe, Cirque du Soleil returns to Melbourne Australia with their latest extravaganza, LUZIA that once again defies the laws of physic and dare I say, maybe those of the universe itself with its amazing circus performers. Cirque du Soleil Luzia is currently playing under their larger than life Big Top at Flemington Racecourse Melbourne, and is here until 26 May 2024 before they head off to other parts of Australia.

As a fun fact, this is Cirque du Soleil 25th year of touring Australia and like their other shows, there is this almost fairy tale-like story and atmosphere behind that of Luzia. There are two protagonists in the story of Luzia, that of an unnamed man (The Clown) who parachutes into this Mexican dreamland where he finds a key that unlocks its wonders. As we follow him through his journey, we are also introduced to the Running Woman who is inspired by the Monarch Butterfly who returns for a deft defying trapeze act high above the crowd.


As mentioned, Cirque du Soleil Luzia takes its inspiration from Mexico and it successfully draws on its diverse culture (e.g. wrestling, gods, soccer) and by using these themes, it builds this magical and at times interactive journey which brings the audience in – it also helps with its wonderful sets, special effects, costumes and accompanying music. Oh… the giant puppets such as the jaguar and the horse must also be seen to be believed. From acrobats to contortionists, aerialists, jugglers, and clowns (well one), there is a wealth of talented performers behind Luzia that from the very first moment it started, we were mesmerized by their flawless and physic defying circus talents.

However what makes this performance truly stand out from its other Cirque du Soleil siblings is the use of rain and even a pool which adds a whole new element to this production. Yes… there is even a pool where the demigod of rain who is performing the aerial strap soothes the larger than life jaguar. Another amazing moment is the rain machine which somehow creates images of animals and love hearts as the water falls from the top. Definitely a wow moment and with so much going on throughout the show, it is hard to choose a favourite as the soccer players were great as was the contortionist!

Further, it’s very impressive how these circus performers maximise the big top that not only allows them to be viewed from multiple angles but it adds to the immersion factor of this show. The Clown done this really well as did the Juggler! Additionally the live band (sometimes dressed as animals) with their Mexican inspired music really channels the heart and soul of Mexico. Emotion also plays a key component of Luzia.

Final Thoughts?

Cirque du Soleil Luzia takes you on an imaginary journey through Latin America as you explore familiar yet different places through the use of clever sets, special effects that is brought to life with its performers. The second last act is the Russian Swing as artists jump from one swing to another that again defies logic. Sadly the show ends with the Fiesta Finale as the audience of Melbourne gave the entire performers a well deserved standing ovation.


Cirque du Soleil LUZIA is currently playing under the Big Top at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse until 26 May 2024. From there they will head to Adelaide (from 9 June), Perth (from 25 July), Brisbane (from 25 September) and Sydney (from 24 November).

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About the Author

When he's not trying to save the world, Andrew enjoys travel (although loathes turbulence), going to the movies, reading and being a dad to his two dogs (and now twins) with his wife.

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