Photo Flash: First Look at Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA-Inspired Mural in Wabash Arts Corridor

Cirque du Soleil's acclaimed LUZIA is the inspiration of a new public mural downtown in honor of Chicago's Year of Public Art. In partnership with Columbia College Chicago and the Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC), Cirque du Soleil commissioned Chicago artist Gloria "Gloe" Talamantes to create the mural. BroadwayWorld has photos from the mural dedication below!

The new mural was dedicated in an event with Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Stan Wearden, Provost of Columbia College Chicago; Neysa Page-Lieberman, Wabash Arts Corridor Chief Curator and Executive Director of Columbia's Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces; and mural artist Gloria "Gloe" Talamantes.

LUZIA is now playing in Chicago through Sept. 3, 2017, under the Big Top in the United Center parking lot.

Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light ("luz" in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain ("lluvia") soothes the soul. In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA invites audiences to escape on a surrealistic journey through a sumptuous and vibrant world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes - a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

LUZIA is Cirque du Soleil's 38th original production since 1984, and its 17th show presented under the Big Top. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

For show and ticket information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia.

Photo Credit: Dan Rest

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Photo Flash: First Look at Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA-Inspired Mural in Wabash Arts Corridor
The new LUZIA-inspired mural by Chicago artist Gloria 'Gloe' Talamantes, commissioned by Cirque du Soleil in partnership with Columbia College Chicago and the Wabash Arts Corridor. The mural is located at 33 E. Congress Parkway.

Photo Flash: First Look at Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA-Inspired Mural in Wabash Arts Corridor
Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA artists with Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly (center) and Chicago artist Gloria 'Gloe' Talamantes (right) at the dedication of Talamantes' LUZIA-inspired mural.

Photo Flash: First Look at Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA-Inspired Mural in Wabash Arts Corridor
The new LUZIA-inspired mural by Chicago artist Gloria 'Gloe' Talamantes.

Photo Flash: First Look at Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA-Inspired Mural in Wabash Arts Corridor
Artists from Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA at the dedication of the new LUZIA-inspired mural by Chicago artist Gloria 'Gloe' Talamantes.

Photo Flash: First Look at Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA-Inspired Mural in Wabash Arts Corridor
Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA artists with Stan Wearden, Provost of Columbia College Chicago; Neysa Page-Lieberman, Wabash Arts Corridor Chief Curator and Executive Director of Columbia’s Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces; Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; and Chicago artist Gloria 'Gloe' Talamantes, at the dedication of Talamantes' LUZIA-inspired mural.

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