Review: Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS in Vancouver until December 31st


The Big Top is back in Vancouver until December 31st. KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. Inspired by Renaissance Europe, the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ is an early ancestor of the modern museum. Aristocrats, Merchants and Scientists collected historical relics, works of art and mysterious travel souvenirs for their cabinets of wonder.

Photo: Martin Girard / Cirque du Soleil

Once you step inside in the Grand Chapiteau, you are immediately transported into the Victorian era with Cirque’s magic and wizardry.

KURIOS, written and directed by Michel Laprise, follows the Seeker journey, who is trying to figure out how electricity works but ends up discovering an invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await.

Photo: Martin Girard / Cirque du Soleil

Set and Props Designer Stéphane Roy and Costume Designer Philippe Guillotel taken us into a steampunk fantasy with quirky robots, steam-powered machineries, and giant mechanical clogs and gears.

As the Seeker explores the invisible world, a cast of characters are revealed. Mr. Microcosmos is the leader of the group. He is the embodiment of technological progress.

Photo: Martin Girard / Cirque du Soleil

Mini Lili represents Mr. Microcosmos’ unconscious mind, his intuitive self, his fragile and poetic side. Mini Lili is a painter, an actress and a poetess.

The story take the audiences on a surreal journey with mind-blowing performances like breathtaking acrobatic, aerial bicycle, acro net, contortion, aerial straps and banquine.

Photo: Martin Girard / Cirque du Soleil

Overall, KURIOS is one of the best Cirque show. It’s an enchanting, entertaining and breathtaking steampunk extravaganza.

After the show, we went on a backstage tour of the 19th century set. To get the ultimate Cirque experience, you can purchase Behind the Scene tickets which includes backstage tour, premium ticket, VIP area, cocktail reception, complimentary parking and meet and greet with the artists.

During the backstage tour, we visited the artists and training area and makeup and wardrobe department. It take 122 tour members come from 23 different countries to run the show every night. Some have been touring with Cirque du Soleil for more than 15 years.

All Cirque du Soleil costumes are custom-made and the majority are produced at the costume workshop in Montreal. The workshop, the only one of its kind in North America, employs specialists in shoemaking, textile design, lace-making, wig-making, patternmaking, costume-making and millinery.

The KURIOS production has over 800 costume pieces including accessories, shoes, and wigs.

In addition, there are 426 props in the show, the most of any production in Cirque du Soleil’s history. It take 65 trucks to transport close to 2,000 tons of equipment for KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities.

Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is running now through December, 31 2017 at Concord Pacific Place. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios, starting at $49.


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James Chung

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