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Cirque du Soleil is returning to the Washington, D.C. area with the magical performance of “Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosities.” Known for its larger than life acrobatics and mystical feats, Cirque du Soleil has raised the bar with “Kurios,” creating a world where the seemingly impossible plays out before your eyes.
“For us, it was important that this show be different to everything we’ve done before,” writer and director Michel Laprise said. “People come back to Cirque du Soleil, and they have a feeling like if it was the first time that they saw the show.”
“Kurios” takes you back to an alternate history, set in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It was a day of innovation, curiosities and inventions that changed the world. With inventions such as the telegraph, people believed anything was possible and that the world could be explored in a new way. “Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosities” uses a magical flair to bring the audience into a mindset of endless possibilities, a reminder of hope for humanity.
Attendees will be amazed by the high-flying bicycle and acrobats, acrobatics on a large mechanical hand, the small woman who makes her home inside a mechanical stomach, the man that looks like an accordion and many other fantastical creations by Cirque du Soleil. This is a fun, warm show to tickle your imagination.
“Each act is the result of years and years of perfecting the skill, learning new skills,” Laprise said.
Every performer, from acrobats to musicians to the creative team, took years to hone their skills and bring together the pieces of the show to give it emotional depth.
“It’s a concentration of life within each act, within each element of the story,” Laprise said.
“Kurios” is different from past Cirque du Soleil performances because it is a human show to which the audience can connect, Laprise said. It uses more props than other Cirque du Soleil productions have, some of which are relatable, such as a couch and vacuum. Some of the costumes and inventions are familiar remnants of the past.
The production also pushes the boundaries of acrobatics and contortionists, who are performing higher than in other shows. Also, when you arrive at the high-top tent, actors will be performing on top of it, weather permitting, to welcome you into their world.
“We really pressured ourselves to reinvent ourselves and to do something beautiful, great and new for our audience,” Laprise said.
The “Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosities” Facebook page gives an inside look into the show, including a mini web series and updates about the backstage life of the cast and crew that illustrate the work that goes into putting together such an elaborate performance. Acrobatic choreography, period costumes, makeup, set design, musical scoring, and complex circus and acrobatic acts are just a few of the reasons this is a must-see show.
For more information on “Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosities” and to buy tickets, visit cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or call 1-877-9-CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Presented by Visa Signature, “Kurios” premieres in Tysons II in McLean, Virginia (next to the Silver Line Metro station) on July 21.