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Amy Zanglin, Nude Hippo, NBC5 Street Team (Video)

What’s up Chicago? It’s Amy from NUDE HIPPO.

So it was Thursday morning and it had just been a loooong week at work; all I wanted to do was go home and sleep when my friend Tony asked to do something after work. I felt bad, but I was just too tired. I couldn’t think of anything I’d want to do after work until he told me that he was going to the opening night in Chicago of Cirque Du Soleil’s Kooza. OK, THAT I would make an exception for!!

I had my first taste of Cirque Du Soleil last year when Nude Hippo went down to Walt Disney World and we got to go see the Cirque show down there, La Nouba; and I have been a HUGE fan ever since. The whole concept of Cirque Du Soleil shows to me are just magical; to me it’s like the French Circus meets Vaudeville with this element of beauty mixed in. I am always fascinated from beginning to end and this time was no different.

“KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world”; now I didn’t know that going in, and you really don’t have to, some of the fun is trying to put together the story in your head and figure out what each different act represents.

For me, my favorites are always the contortionists, it is SO beautiful the way they move their bodies; it is just mesmerizing. I also love the fun, high-energy acts of trapeze, high wire, balancing acts, etc. although they tend to either make my heart race or make me want to throw up from being so nervous for the performers, but of course all goes well and every act is always graceful.

But the entire event from the clowns, to the live singing & music, to each and every breath taking acrobatic performance complete with beautiful costuming is such a perfect summer event to go and see with the family or friends. (Although I don’t recommend it for little ones; I do think children under the age of 5 or 6 might be frightened by some of the performances). You have to hurry though, Kooza is only in town for about a month the show runs from June 26 to July 27, 2008.

Here’s additional helpful information as well:

KOOZA – Cirque du Soleil @ the United Center (Not actually inside the United Center; it’s located in a giant tent in the parking lot; even more fun!!)

Tickets: $55.00-215.00

You can find addtional information at: http://tinyurl.com/6hund3

Such a great show to see in the summer!! Tell me your thoughts, opinions or complaints! E-mail me at NudeHippo@nbc5.com

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