Cirque du Soleil Luzia adds watery magic to Calgary experience

Cirque du Soleil Luzia adds watery magic to Calgary experience

Cirque du Soleil's incarnation, Luzia, opens Friday and it's going to be wet and wonderful.

"One of the main special effects is our water system, it's a huge element," Michael Gill said.

"There's a pool in the stage and water curtain above. We make it rain. There are patterns and words."

Cirque du Soleil Luzia

Gill is the head of lighting and special effects. He's been with Luzia for about three-and-a-half years and six in total with the company.

"You get to travel the world, meet different people, experience different cultures. It's just amazing."

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There are challenges with water in a show of this size, he said.

"Moving the show from city to city and then the temperature of the water. Obviously it can't be too hot for the artists or too cold, so it's finding a balance."

The production's publicist says a lot of talented people are involved.

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"We travel with 67 trucks of equipment," Charlie Wagner said.

"We have a really unique stage. For the first time, we've been able to bring water on the road. It's a big stage, it's a big piece."

The talents of 46 artists from 17 countries are employed.

"It's crazy and wonderful to see what they are able to do," she said.

"They are the best at what they do. We have divers, jugglers, pole artists, flyers and even an amazing contortionist."

Cirque du Soleil Luzia

That amazing contortionist is Aleksei Goloborodko who got the circus performing bug at an early age.

"When I was a kid, I asked my parents to take me to the circus. They took me there, and since then it has been my big dream to be a circus performer," he said.

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"When I was eight, my coach showed me Cirque du Soleil and then that become my big dream. I auditioned in Moscow at the age of 12 or 13. One day they just called me and asked if I wanted to join them, and of course I did. Now I can say, I am living my dream."

Cirque du Soleil Luzia runs until Sept. 22 in Calgary.