Kooza showing under the Grand Chapiteau

The entertainment starts before the show even begins for audiences taking in Cirque du Soleil's "Kooza" under the Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station.

Audience members might want to watch out for the man wielding a blower and hold onto their popcorn, not just before the show starts but throughout, as some of the cast members like to use borrowed props.

Dubbed a "return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil," "Kooza" joins the art of clowning and acrobatic performance in the story of the Innocent, a character whisked away by the Trickster - along with audiences - to the hidden world of Kooza, filled with comical characters and incredible demonstrations of balance, flexibility, agility and acrobatics.

From a surprisingly graceful dance of a unicycling couple and the unbelievable bendability of three young contortionists to waltzes across twin tightropes and jaw-dropping leaps by performers as the Wheel of Death turns, "Kooza" is a thrill-filled show with unexpected surprises and characters who provide laughs that complement the "oohs" and "aahs" from audiences throughout the acrobatic acts.

Performances of "Kooza" are set for various days and times through March 1. Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com for more information.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: Cirque du Soleil's "Kooza"

· When: Through March 1

· Where: The Grand Chapiteau at Atlanta Station in Atlanta

· Cost: $55 to $215 for adults, $49.50 to $112.50 for students 13 and older with ID and seniors 65 and older, $38.50 to $150.50 for kids ages 2 to 12 and free for children younger than 2

· For more information: Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com