When you walk into the Big Top located at Atlantic Station, you are immediately met with, steampunk-style performers interacting with the audience, while the stage is set with a huge suspension bridge along with oversized gears and mechanical workings setting the mood for the journey you are about to encounter. A human train travels through the big top, circling the audience, ushering the band through the crowd up to their windowed loft above the stage. Cirque du Soleil Kurios is set to begin.
The first thing that will strike you about “Kurios” is how much more intimate the Big Top tent feels. This was a specific design by director Michel Laprise, to allow the audience to feel closer and more connected with the performers than ever before. And it works impressively well. This Cirque show feels more accessible than the others, however, the Big Top tent itself is not smaller. The stage was constructed lower than usual to give off this effect. It seems larger than life when it comes to acrobatics and magic. Plus, there isn’t a bad seat in the house!
I can honestly say I was awed from the beginning. As in previous productions, there is no debating the jaw-dropping power behind each and every performer in Cirque du Soleil and this year is no exception. You are immediately drawn in to and thoroughly engaged in the magic with acrobats, aerialists and contortionists that are refreshingly original and, quite simply, awesome.
“Kurios” involves a Seeker who opens his own curio cabinet, a larger-than-life creation filled with the most abstract, magical and grandest characters imaginable. As the cabinet is opened, the collection of characters comes to life, his own curios creating a real, tangible and impressive world. One act after another follows, with insane acrobatic talent performing even the most familiar circus style tricks in new and inventive ways.
It’s difficult to highlight only a few of the acts that “stand out.” They were all superior, and definitely don’t disappoint. One of my personal favorites was The Upside Down World. A unique and wonderful act that takes a familiar trick into new territory. What starts as a traditional dinner party turns surprisingly hilarious with astounding performers doing what they do best. This was just one example. Throughout the entire production, wildly imaginative costumes and beguiling contraptions of a steampunk aesthetic abound. Steam engines disgorge characters. A massive metal hand inches its way on stage. The very little person Mini Lili rises out of the bulbous metal belly of Mr. Microcosmos. A hot air balloon becomes a screen as a two-seater plane’s propeller echoes the unmistakable sound of film running through a projector. Kurios is filled with so much impressive talent that the 2 ½ hour production flies by.
If you’re considering whether or not to catch “Kurios” while it’s in town, stop hesitating and act fast. “Kurios” in my opinion, may be the best Cirque du Soleil in recent years. This is a family friendly, humorous, and full-out entertaining production that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire night. One step into the Cabinet of Curiosities will reveal a new world filled with magic and mystery, where nothing is as it seems and everything is astounding. Bravo Cirque du Soleil!
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