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Behind the curtain at Cirque Du Soeil’s KOOZA

June 2nd, 2010 at Wed, 2nd, 2010 at 11:00 am by Chad Coleman

Irina Akimova, of the Ukraine, practices her hoops routine on stage for the upcoming Cirque Du Soleil production, KOOZA, at Marymoor Park in Redmond on Tuesday, June 1. The images above were shot at a 1-second exposure, hand-held creating the dream-like quality of light and motion. More images and look in the Artistic Tent after the jump…

In this set of images I stopped the action during Irina’s practice session under the big top on Tuesday.

The stage under the big top for KOOZA. Unfortunately my wide-angle lens (Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8) is out for repair, so this is as wide a shot I could get from one of my backup lenses at 28mm and f/4.

Audience seats wait to be filled for under the big top for the upcoming performance run of KOOZA starting June 3rd, at Marymoor Park.

Dance performer Mike Tyus, who plays the character “Trickster,” waits to practice on the stage on Tuesday.

Irina Akimova, left, and Mike Tyus take their practice times on stage und the big top.

Irina Akimova stretches in the Artistic Tent prior to her practice session on the stage.

Trapeze artist Darya Vintilova stretches in the Artists Tent at Cirque Du Soleil in Marymoor Park on Tuesday, June 1.

Left, set workers adjust a prop covered in rats. Right, wardrobe crew member Candace Frank, of Seattle, presses costumes, as Collete Livingston works on shoes in the back ground.

Left, shoe specialist Collete Livingston gold foils scuffs on costume footwear.  Right, wardrobe manager Jason Brass displays on of “Trickster’s” costumes.

Collete applies gold foil scuffs to costume footwear in the Artists Tent on Tuesday, June 1. Footwear and costumes are all touched up and pressed for each show time.

Wardrobe repair station in the Artists Tent backstage at Cirque Du Soleil.


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