Thank you Mexico Tourism Board for an ASTONISHING evening with LUZIA
PHOTO: With the Mexico Tourism Board at Opening Night for the newest Cirque du Soleil show LUZIA (c) Sery Kim
As an incredibly chatty person, I am very hard-pressed to come up with the correct adjectives for "incredible," "magnificent," "astonishing" and any other effusive descriptor for the latest Cirque du Soleil show LUZIA. Inspired by the country of Mexico, LUZIA takes visitors through the breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, the indomitable spirit of the Mexican people and the vast and diverse regions which inspired the show. From the opening moment to the very end of the show, I was captivated by the sheer feats of strength and beauty the Cirque du Soleil team put on. I literally only touched my phone once -- and nearly lost my voice shouting with enthusiasm at the beauty of the performance. I've never been to a Cirque du Soleil show but, like most people who love the arts, am quite familiar with the acrobatic feats of the performers. Still, even knowing this, I was beyond charmed. Every movement, every motion, had me gaping with wonder. "WOW!," I kept repeating when I wasn't stressed out for the safety of the performers. "They just make it look so easy."
It's worth every cent you will spend to see the show in person (!!!!), and I am incredibly grateful to the Mexico Tourism Board for inviting me to San Francisco to see the show!
PHOTO: VIP red carpet experience with cast members of LUZIA (c) Sery Kim
Additionally, the Mexico Tourism Board hosted a lovely pre-show dinner with the Creative Director of the Cirque du Soleil at San Francisco's CALA restaurant. Located on 149 Fell Street, Executive Chef and Owner Gabriela Camara presents charmingly satisfying food. For instance, we had lettuce wraps which were comprised of grilled lettuce and perfectly cooked red beans. I never imagined lettuce wraps could be so satisfying, as well as presented in such deconstruction, but Chef Camara seems to excel in mixing up concepts to make the diner enjoy a very interactive experience. I felt it was the perfect backdrop to the fully immersive interactive experience to come!!
For those who care about awards, CALA is known for, perhaps, being the best Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. You can find out more on their website here: http://www.calarestaurant.com/.
PHOTO: One of the courses at CALA (c) Sery Kim
PHOTO: The menu for dinner at CALA (c) Sery Kim
I can't wait to go to Mexico to actually re-live the dream presented so exquisitely by the Cirque du Soleil! Baja California Sur; Michoacan; Chiapas; San Luis Potosi; Yucatan and Mexico City of course. Right now, happy to be headed home after a full week on the road. Thank you to all the wonderful partners and friends who helped make this journey possible!!