Between the Dreamland and Reality at Tysons II
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Between the Dreamland and Reality at Tysons II

Behind the scene of Cirque du Soleil.

Acrobats practicing the Russian swings. Practice is filmed and then shown on a tv next to them with a delay so they can see exactly how they did and what mistakes they may or may not have made.

Acrobats practicing the Russian swings. Practice is filmed and then shown on a tv next to them with a delay so they can see exactly how they did and what mistakes they may or may not have made. Photo by Jennifer Kaye/The Connection

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One of the acrobats practicing his act on the vertical poles.

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Performer Laura Biondo starting the process of putting on her show makeup. The performers must learn to do their own makeup and are given a step by step guide with photographs of each specific step to help them, which you can see to her left.

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One of the costume designers working on a new piece for the show. The juggler in the show had decided to move up to seven bottles and needed something to dry his hands off in-between, so she is creating a towel that matches his outfit that he can use during the show.

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Some of the performers choose to practice in their costume. For this particular act, the costume is thick and provides protection from burns from the metal pole.

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A performer working on her act with the cyr wheel.

Cirque du Soleil's Luzia takes its audience to an imaginary Mexico that lies somewhere between a fantasy dreamland and reality. The show’s name is a cross between the Spanish word for light, "luz," and the Spanish word for rain, "lluvia." With the combination of the two words, Luzia hopes to both quench the spirits and sooth the souls of its audience.

It is hard to comprehend how much goes into the production of Luzia. The show travels in 65 trailer trucks and carries almost 2,000 tons of equipment. A crew flies down ahead of time to survey the site and place the steel rods into the ground to hold up the big top.

The total set up time is around eight days for the whole Cirque du Soleil village. There are 115 people from 25 different countries who are part of the crew and cast, and the performers alone come from 19 different nationalities: Australia, Belarus, Canada, Colombia, France, Guinea, Italy, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia and Venezuela.

Luzia is in town until June 17 and then is headed north to Boston. For more information and tickets, visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia