OBT was recently invited behind the scenes of Cirque de Soleil’s KOOZA. You may have seen the massive tent driving over the Ross Island bridge. Adam Miller is the artistic director of this Cirque show, and is also a former principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and a friend to both Christopher Stowell and our ballet master Lisa Kipp.
On Wednesday we cancelled our afternoon rehearsals for a field trip to the circus. Upon arrival we met up with Adam and Mike, the main dancer of Kooza, who’s been taking company class with us each morning. We took a tour of the grounds where we learned that this particular Cirque show packs up into 60 trucks and hits the road for months at a time. After three more weeks in Portland they will be hitting the road for Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary and then onto Miami. We loved the behind the scenes tour of the tent and enjoyed attending the show this past Wednesday night.
Here are some photos of our field trip. I had to include all of them.