Cirque du Soleil meets Mexico - The Story of an Encounter [video]

August 17, 2016

Two years in the making, THE STORY OF AN ENCOUNTER is a poignant, 6-episode web series that explores the inspiring ‘love affairs’ between Cirque du Soleil and Mexico that flourished during the creation of LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil, the all-new, live touring show inspired by the cultural richness of Mexico.

Find out what three talented LUZIA creators discovered when they set out to capture and convey the cultural richness of Mexico in a Big Top show. What did they learn? How did this experience transform them?



LUZIA Co-author and Director Daniele Finzi Pasca has a deep connection with Mexico and its people. He lived in the country for over 10 years where he performed his solo show Icaro more than 350 times. One of the first things the Swiss-Italian director did when the idea of creating a Mexico-inspired Cirque du Soleil show came up was to call upon his close friend and collaborator Eugenio Caballero to design the LUZIA set and props. But as it turns out, the Oscar-winning Mexican-born set designer did more than design the sets. He became an invaluable source of information – and inspiration – about Mexico, its culture and its traditions.

For LUZIA Director of Creation Patricia Ruel, Mexico evokes warmth, colors, the sea and the magical downpours that make this beautiful country unique. For her, LUZIA is an impressionistic, multi-sensory show to be experienced with the eyes and the heart. Shattering stereotypes and avoiding clichés about Mexico was always top of mind during the entire creative process. It was essential to bring out the complexities and nuances of this monumental country. It was imperative for Patricia that blending the world of Cirque du Soleil and the grandeur of Mexico would delight Mexicans and make them proud.

For LUZIA Composer Simon Carpentier, traveling to different parts of Mexico, living it up with local musicians, and feeling the real vibe of Mexican music was an essential part of his creative process. His travels took him to Tijuana where he spent time with Ramon Amezcua and Pepe Mogt, aka Bostich + Fussible, members of the legendary musical ensemble Nortec Collective. Buoyed by his renewed passion for Mexico, Simon was ready to create the music of LUZIA, an amalgam of ancient and modern sounds infused with the brassy notes of tubas and trumpets and the suave melodies of the Spanish guitar. Like the music of Mexico itself, Simon set out to create a score that jump playfully from one style to the next, from one rhythm to the other, striding across landscapes as joyfully as it skips across musical boundaries. The music of LUZIA blends the world of Cirque du Soleil and the splendour of Mexico.