Two cast members from Cirque du Soleil stopped off in Downtown Crossing Saturday afternoon to give a glimpse of their production “Luzia: A Walking Dream of Mexico.”
Saturday’s showcase featured a five-minute rendition of just one of the show’s 14 acrobatic acts. Boston is only one stop of the world tour — next up is Mexico, whose streets and natural landscapes inspired the show.
Dressed in red and blue costumes, performers Laura Biondo, 29, of Venezuela, and Abou Traore, 27, of Paris, balanced soccer balls on their heads and juggled them with their feet. The silver and blue face paint streaked across their eyes glimmered in the sun as they entertained a gathering crowd.
Street performing is “super fun,” Traore said. “It’s different than [the] big top show, but it’s always an amazing experience to do it in front of the people.”
Traore wowed the crowd by spinning the ball on a stick he held in his mouth while gradually leaning his back all the way to the ground.
“It’s cool to be here close to the people, get them a sneak peak of what the show is,” said Biondo. “I really hope everybody comes to see the show, ’cause it’s really worth it.”
Onlookers oohed and ahhed at the completion of each feat, clapping enthusiastically and taking videos on their phones.
Jim Sullivan of Boston comes to Downtown Crossing every Saturday to watch the performances. “It’s a ritual,” he said. “The show was unbelievable. Nice and relaxing on a Saturday afternoon in Downtown Crossing.”
Sullivan already has tickets to see “Luzia” under the Big Top at Suffolk Downs, which is running in Boston until Aug. 12.