Cirque du Soleil's 'Luzia'The big top of Cirque du Soleil has returned to San Francisco with a show called Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico. With a staging that includes (for the first time in a tent show) a rain curtain, and costumes, designs, and music inspired by Mexico, Luzia will run until the end of January, after which it heads to San Jose. Artistic Director Mark Shaub gives a preview.

There’s more information about the show at the Cirque du Soleil website.

Shaub says the aim of the show wasn’t authenticity, as much as to evoke an impression. “The flavors that we love of Mexico, in the way that we create shows.” So while there isn’t traditional choreography, there’s “the rich heritage and traditions of Mexican art, mythology, colors, music, everything about the culture. Music that is very very strongly influenced by Mexico, a set full of rich colors, costumes that have themes of Mexican folk art in them. All of the set, all of the designs on stage have this kind of folkloric look to them.” That, in addition to the physical abilities of the performers. He says his job as Artistic Director is to keep things fresh and allow them to evolve as the show goes through its run. “Because we’re performing them between eight and ten times a week. We’re always trying to make it better, but always at the same time respecting the original concept that the creators had when they created Luzia.”