High-flying, brightly-hued circus acts and dishevelled, peculiar clowns populate the strange, steampunk-like landscape of Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, the brand new show from the brilliant minds behind Cirque du Soleil, making its world premiere in Montreal this spring…
Until mid-summer, Cirque du Soleil makes a temporary home for Kurios in a massive yellow-and-blue-striped tent that takes over the entire Jacques Quartier Quay of the Old Port of Montreal, overlooking the water and steps away from the Old Port’s riverside promenade and the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal. This picturesque setting becomes even more delightful when walking towards the site, as every evening begins with circus tents and pre-show performers bathed in the warm light of sunset.
As with most of Cirque du Soleil’s creations, Kurios, Cirque’s 35th production in almost 30 years, takes us deep into an imaginary realm of odd characters and bizarre creatures, brave adventurers and ridiculous clowns – and amongst them all, the world’s best and most astounding circus acts. Kurios tells the story of an inventor, a dabbler in experimental Victorian-era electricity and inter-dimensional time travel, suddenly lost in another world of his own creation. Quickly, imagination and reality collide and collapse – anything seems possible in Kurios, from acrobatic fish flying through the air to shockingly-deft jugglers, incredible chair balancers, a cadre of identical contortionists, and many more surprises.
At times exquisitely beautiful and vibrant in its set design and costuming, at times dark and mysterious, Kurios absorbs us entirely over its three hours (with intermission, of course), keeping the entire environment lively not only with the on-stage circus spectacle itself but with live music and audience interaction. Under the guidance of Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, Writer and director Michel Laprise, who most recently worked with pop star Madonna on her Super Bowl XLVI show and her MDNA tour, collaborates with Director of Creation Chantal Tremblay (also Director of Creation on Cirque shows Love and Ovo) and an array of behind-the-scenes talents to bring us a show perfectly fitting of Cirque du Soleil yet, with its mechanized twists and turns, unlike any other.
Kurios boasts a cast of 46 circus artists from 13 different countries, each with an extraordinary ability to transfix and entertain. As bare lightbulbs flare up under rainbow-colored lighting and radio signals give way to jazzy swing music, Kurios unfolds in act after entertaining act, whether captivating solo exploits or a full cast of tumbling, dancing, gravity-defying performers.
Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, April 24 to July 13, 2014
All photos by Martin Girard / shootstudio.ca and costumes by Philippe Guillotel © 2014 Cirque du Soleil