*If you have ever seen a Cirque Du Soleil performance, you already know that whatever they do is awe-inspiring. Their acrobats defy gravity; their aerialists go beyond the boundaries of balance as we know it; and their contortionists defy all levels of human physicality.
They are simply, in a word, awesome!
And the latest offering from the franchise, ‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities’, is no exception. This writer hadn’t been to a Cirque Du Soleil (“Circus of the Sun”) performance since its American debut. It wasn’t due to a lack of desire, as I recall watching with wide-eyed amazement, it was more like an overabundance of other “opportunities” that took my attention.
So I was beyond excited to learn about the show ‘Kurios’ (spelled with a “K” and backwards “R”) coming to Dodger Stadium under the iconic blue and yellow Big Top tent.
And quiet as its kept, as a member of the press with a Special Invitation to their special party performance, I SO loved the endless popcorn, big pretzels, cakes and other goodies!
Even with a lot going on during a Cirque Du Soleil performance, there is a theme to every show. In Kurios, time is brought to a screeching halt as the audience transports to a fantasy world where there are no limitations to possibilities. The caveat here is that we, the audience, relinquish all that we thought was “reality” and open our minds to another realm.
One that offers new perspectives…
…And limitless possibilities.
The shows’ name refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities.
In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting.
A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.
I was fascinated by the character of “Mini Lili,” played by Ananina Satsura, a proportional dwarf with more than 25 years experience in the Circus Arts.
INTERESTING ‘KURIOS’ FACT: “Mr. Microcosmos” carries “Mini Lili,” his intuitive counterpart, inside his costume using a sling not unlike a baby carrier.
INTERESTING ‘KURIOS’ PERFORMER FACT: “Mini Lili” (Ananina Satsuri) stands 3.2 inches tall and weighs 39 pounds. She is one of the world’s 10 smallest people.
There is an incredible creative team behind Cirque du Soleil and ‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities’ in particular. This team is led by Canadian entrepreneur, Guy Laliberté, who is the founder of the private enterprise and serves as a Guide on ‘Kurios’ along with Jean-Francois Bouchard. Michael Laprise is the writer and director of Kurios .
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. The company, who celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.
INTERESTING ‘KURIOS’ FACT: ‘Kurios’ originated in Montreal, Canada and has been traveling for a little more than a year and has a cast of 46 artists from 15 different nationalities.
Denver’s DPTV takes us “Behind the Scenes” with performers from Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities.
See a preview of ‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities’ directly below.
‘Kurios’ is already an audience favorite. The show has been seen by 1.18 million spectators. The next stop for the show following Los Angeles will be Atlanta, then Boston and Washington DC.
The run of the show…
‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities’ plays at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles starting December 9, 2015 through February 7, 2016.
Tickets for KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities in Costa Mesa and Los Angeles range in price from $50 – $165. Tickets are available by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or calling 1-877-9 CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783).
Are you ‘Kurios’ about the Web-series?
Follow the cast and crew of KURIOS on tour, and discover what hides in their Cabinet of Curiosities. Every second Tuesday a new episode will be released on Cirque du Soleil’s YOUTUBE channel.
Don’t miss this incredible performance!
All photos by Martin Girard / shootstudio.ca and Costumes by Philippe Guillotel used by permission © 2014 Cirque du Soleil