Step Into The Zany World Of Kooza

Art & Design

July 11, 2017 | BY Alyssa Choo

If the world is a stage, is life a Cirque du Soleil show? 

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Fantasy wool tweed coat, patchwork boots and Plexiglass minaudiere, all by Chanel

Cirque du Soleil is back in town and this time, the Quebec‑based entertainer brings to Singapore the eccentric world of Kooza.

Inspired by the Sanskrit word “koza”, which translates to “box”, “chest” or “treasure”, Kooza goes back to the quintessential acrobatics and comical theatrics that characterised Cirque du Soleil back in 1984, with its cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors emerging from a magical box.

The storyline follows “The Innocent”, a representation of the child within us and the journey towards self‑discovery. As the show’s writer and director, David Shiner, explains, “Kooza is about human connection and the world of duality, good and bad.”

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Tulle maxi dress with lace stripes, knitted underwear and pumps, all by Dior; ball wire bracelet by Tiffany & Co

Since its premiere in Montreal in 2007, Kooza has been seen by over seven million people. In Singapore, it will be performed under the Big Top in Bayfront Avenue, next to Marina Bay Sands starting from July 12. With a live soundtrack that is a fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats accompanying the laugh-out-loud antics and audacious stunts, this is a performance you won’t want to miss.

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Ahead of their debut here, the Singapore Tatler fashion team visited the zany kingdom of Kooza in Perth, Western Australia, and found beauty in the eccentric, electrifying and fearless


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Mandala printed jacket, shirt, trousers, skirt, fox fur gilet and shoes, all by Givenchy; wrap necklace by Tiffany & Co


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Fur coat and Mary Janes, both by Prada; graduated link necklace by Tiffany & Co; socks, stylist own


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Military couture coat dress and belt, both by Moschino; lambskin mules by Céline; necklace by Chanel


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Bi-material fluid wool gabardine and cotton faille jumpsuit, and lambskin mules, both by Céline


Photography Eric Seow
Fashion Direction Desmond Lim  
Hair and Make-Up
Grego/Indigo Artisans, using Glamour Salon System and Parfums Christian Dior
Photographer’s assistant Lee Hock Kee
Stylist’s assistant Joey Tan
Model Aude Mangharam/Vivien’s Models

Kooza runs from July 12 to August 20, 2017. Find out more at cirquedusoleil.com.