Luzia by Cirque Du Soliel Donates Artistic Gift to Chicago for the Year of Public Art

| August 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

25757_08_Football_Dance-0532_MediumResolutionThe Chicago Moms was invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at Luzia before the show opened its Chicago show. The tour included watching a rehearsal, meeting two show stars and visiting the costume shop. Each stop was a lesson in creativity and details.

The creativity was obvious. When we watched international football freestyle stars Laura Biono and Abou Traore rehearse, it was clear that they spent hours practicing their artistic routine. Every piece was a mix of raw talent and innate creativity that flows through their performance. Of course, the fun they have on stage spills out into the audience.

The details showed through in unexpected places. As we walked through the costume shop, you could see every detail of the gorgeous costumes. We talked about how often the costumes need to be replaced and the large team working on costumes. What struck me was a list on the costume shop’s refrigerator. We have several lists on our refrigerator. Our girls’ don’t have to ask us for direction every day. They can go to the fridge and see what needs to be done. The Luzia list was similar in that it gave directions to the cast and crew. My guess it that the list was created for the same reasons that we created the list. The costume crew probably heard the same question over and over and over again. Rather than repeat the same answer, everyone now knows where to find the answers.

As they get ready to wrap-up their Chicago residency on September 3, Luzia is applying its attention to creativity and details in a new public art mural that Cirque Du Soleil recently donated to the City of Chicago. In partnership with Columbia College Chicago and the Wabash Arts Corridor, Cirque Du Soleil commissioned local artist Gloria “Gloe” Talamantes to create a new public mural inspired by the lovely and inspiring production LUZIA.

“We are happy to give this artistic gift to Chicago for its Year of Public Art,” said Claudine Rivard, Company Manager of Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA. “This is a way for Cirque du Soleil to thank the city and its residents for all of their support, not just for LUZIA, but for embracing our artists and crews for over 17 productions across 28 years.”

The mural adorns the Columbia College Chicago’s Wabash Avenue walls as part of the Wabash Arts Corridor street level art exhibition, which includes 40+ murals in the South Loop neighborhood. The August 24 unveiling will kick-off Chicago’s Year of Public Art.

Artist Gloe Talamantes’ creativity and attention to detail combines inspiration from LUZIA with her Mexican heritage. She describes her work by saying, “I created wispy butterfly wings that arry flowers adorned with motifs inspired by my roots and culture. The design inspiration comes from my family heirloons, the delicate and intricate crocheted designs of my grandmother and great-grandmother. After watching LUZIA, I reflected on the massive red papel picado that was used in one of the scenes; it immediately made me think of the many designs that make up my grandma’s doilies.”

Visitors will see the details Gloe found in her family heirlooms and LUZIA both reflected in her artistic creation. One example of Gloe’s attention to detail in her creative work is the dripping effect at the mural’s bottom. It is a direct reflection of LUZIA’s water scenes, which incorporate artistic and acrobatic performances. Gloe explains the connection between water and her graffiti-artist roots by noting that “drips are common and often the most enjoyable parts of ink tags.” These are the kinds of details only the most creative mind would put together to create a beautiful, permanent remembrance of LUZIA’s time in Chicago.

For more information about the Wabash Arts Corridor, visit To learn more about the final LUZAI performances, visit


Shari writs about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil.


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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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