Last night was opening night of Cirque du Soleil Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities in Boston. I’m ashamed to admit it was my first time seeing a Cirque show live, but I picked a rather fantastic show to see. This show has a steampunk inspired theme with elaborate contraptions that would make Dr. Seuss grin.
The show is equal parts Vaudeville and circus act that would make Barnum & Bailey proud. There are acrobats and jugglers and people flying through the air. There’s crazy costumes and singing and dancing and more people flying through the air.
What separates Cirque from other traveling shows is the talent and creativity. The men and women in the show are in peak physical condition. The upper body strength and core conditioning of these performers are super human. One performer can hold himself with one hand while balancing on a stack of chairs. The next is flinging a female acrobat over and over again catching her by her wrists or ankles. Then there is the duo that fly overhead on what looks like scarves. They have the bodies of world championship athletes and the grace of ballerinas.
Each act is different yet follows a similar theme. Some are over the top with multiple performers, others are simple like one man with a yo-yo. But don’t think you’re just watching a man with a yo-yo, no, this is Cirque style with lit up yo-yos that move so fast you see blurring light.
The second half of the show opens with a giant trampoline net with multiple performers jumping and running and spinning and hitting heights that shouldn’t be possible. The timing of this performance is amazing with other performers jumping at just the right time to make the main leaper go higher and land properly without injury.
I definitely picked the right show for my first Cirque du Soleil visit. The set design and costuming are really unique and gives you a hint at what’s in store. The music is also perfect. The band adds another level to show. You’re seeing these tricks with your eyes and are hearing a score that heightens the visuals. The percussionist is just fantastic and drives home the audio onslaught.
Cirque du Soleil Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is must see for any Cirque fan. If you’ve never seen one of their live shows, I definitely recommend this one. There’s so much going on yet every performer gets to shine and showcase their talents. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and have new found respect for these performers.
Cirque du Soleil Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is playing through July 10th at Suffolk Downs. Tickets can be purchased here: www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios
About the Big Top and the Cirque du Soleil Village:
- The Big Top stands 62 feet high, is 168 feet in diameter and is supported by 4 masts, each 85 feet tall. It seats approximately 2,600 guests and requires a team of approximately 50 people to raise it. There are over 1,200 stakes dug 4 feet into the ground to hold the tents in place.
- The site takes 6 days to completely set up and 2 days to tear down. This includes the installation of the Big Top, entrance and artistic tents, box office, administrative offices, and a kitchen and dining area for cast and crew.
- The Big Top, the VIP Rouge and artistic tents are all climate controlled with air conditioning.
- Kurios travels in 65 trailers, carrying close to 2,000 tons of equipment.