Luzia was the Cirque du Soleil circus and acrobatics show taking place at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place between October and mid-December last year.
In 2019 performances ran from October 3rd until December 29th.
Luzia at Concord Pacific Place
Each year Cirque du Soleil brings one of its world-famous circus shows to Vancouver. From opening day until the end of the season, Vancouver audiences are entertained by amazing acrobatics shows, music, dance and all kinds of amazing and jaw-dropping entertainment.
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Big Top Location
Cirque du Soleil often (but not always) sets up its trademark “Grand Chapiteau” big top tent around mid-autumn in Concord Pacific Place between the eastern tip of False Creek and BC Place Stadium at 88 Pacific Boulevard. 2019 is no exception.
The Grand Chapiteau is a massive big-top-style structure with castle-like points supported by masts and all seats are comfortably cushioned with backs (or at least that’s been the case in past years). The venue itself is a spectacle to be seen!
(Note: A couple of years ago the venue was in a giant blue and yellow big top at the eastern end of Concord Pacific Place (so closer to Science World). In 2019, however, the Grand Chapiteau was white and it was located at the western end of the site (so closer to BC Place Stadium.)
General admission tickets to Luzia in 2019 started at $54 or so but went up to around $140, or as much as $300 or more for VIP seats at premium times.
Discount rates were available including under the following situations:
(Note: Details are subject to change. See the official Cirque du Soleil website for exact details.)
- Children’s rates applied to folk ages 12 and under.
- Family Packs were where families purchasing 3 or more tickets could get a discount.
- lnfants under 2 years of age were free, provided that they shared the same seat as a parent.
- Student rates applied to people ages 13 and older and attending a public school, college or university and in possession of valid student ID.
- Audience members age 65+ qualifted for the seniors’ rate.
- Military discounts applied to individuals with valid military identification.
NOTE: Student, senior and military discounts were only available during non-peak periods including most weekends.
VIP packages included premium seats with the best views of the stage, a cocktail reception with open bar and appetizer both before the performance and at the intermission, a complimentary program and a small gift. VIP attendees also got free parking and access to an extra-nice restroom and special VIP areas.
In some years Cirque du Soleil tickets work on a “demand-based pricing policy” where the cost for the same seat on the same day can fluctuate over time. With this system, the higher the demand for seats in specific locations and on specific dates, the more the ticket will likely cost.
According to their website, Cirque du Soleil says “the earlier you buy the better the prices will be, and the better the choice of seats.” The better pricing promise assumes that shows will eventually sell out and that empty seats won’t become discounted at the last minute of course, but that rarely if ever happens.
What to Expect at Luzia
Luzia is a fantasy story set in a fictitious Mexico. The name is a combination of the Spanish words light (“luz”) and rain (“lluvia”), which are two elements at the centre of the show’s production.
In the show there were all kinds of innovative circus and acrobatic elements including hoop diving on treadmills, gymnastic contortions, juggling, trapeze tricks, hand-balancing and a 360 degree swing. There are also water elements integrated into some acts.
Including the 25-minute break in the middle, Luzia was a 125-minute show.
Below is other information that’s good to know about Cirque du Soleil’s productions in Vancouver.
- The venue is heated.
- There is no coat check area.
- Videotaping and photography with flash are both prohibited within the Grand Chapiteau.
- Due to space restrictions, strollers are not permitted in the facility.
- Except for service dogs for people with disabilities, animals are not permitted.
- Backpacks and other packages bigger than a briefcase or handbag are not permitted in the facility.
To get even more of an idea about what to expect at the show, check out the following official Cirque du Soleil video. As you’ll see, Luzia is quite the spectacle and something you really need to see!
Luzia Tips and Advice
The following is a list of suggestions to help you make the most out of your Cirque du Soleil experience.
TIP #1: If you can afford it, go! Cirque du Soleil shows are amazing! Take your family and invite your friends.
TIP #2: Don’t forget that with the Family Pack you get a discount if purchasing 3 or more tickets at the same time.
TIP #3: Arrive well in advance of show time as it can take a while to find parking and get through security. The Entrance Tent and vendors open about 45 minutes before each show and guests can enter the main Grand Chapiteau area starting 30 minutes before the performance. The show starts on time and latecomers are allowed in only during specific short breaks. Because of logistical issues, latecomers in wheelchairs are admitted only at half time during the 25-minute intermission (or at least that’s been the case in the past). So don’t be late!
TIP #4: Make an evening (or afternoon) out of your visit and explore the area. If attending an afternoon show and the weather is good, go for a pre-performance stroll along the nearby False Creek Seawall. Unless perhaps if paying for the VIP Package and so eligible for the complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvre, go out for dinner or a drink either before or after the show. Robson Street isn’t overly far away, just on the other side of BC Place Stadium, and Yaletown is full of great bars and restaurants.
TIP #5: Don’t forget that tickets are sold using a demand-based pricing system. So reserve your seats early before the prices go up!
TIP #6: Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia make great Christmas and early-Christmas gifts!
About Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil is a world-famous circus and acrobatics theatre group that offers shows under a big top tent in Vancouver’s Pacific Concord Place, as well as at other venues across the globe.
The Montreal-based company tours the world with its shows and often visits Vancouver for a multi-week stay between mid-fall and the end of December.
History of Vancouver Shows
Last year, in 2018, Cirque du Soleil was in Vancouver for only a very brief time. The production was Corteo and it showed at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE for just five days in mid-October.
In 2017 Kurios was Cirque du Soleil’s Vancouver production. It was a science-fantasy story about a fictitious 19th-century inventor who builds a machine that defies the laws of space and time.
In December 2016 Cirque du Soleil brought Toruk – a performance based on James Cameron’s movie Avatar – to Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum for just under a week.
In 2015 Vancouver’s Cirque du Soleil production was Kooza which took place at Concord Pacific Place from the end of October until late December.
TOTEM, a story about the evolution of mankind, was Cirque du Soleil’s show in 2014 and it played starting in mid-May under the big top at Concord Pacific Place. The performance followed the mystical evolution of the human race from amphibian form to its desire to fly.
To buy tickets or for more information check out the Cirque du Soleil website.
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