KURIOS embarks on the hilarity and genius of one’s imagination.
– review of the attraction at the Hard Rock Stadium (Miami).
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque’s 35th different production since they began in 1984.This amazing show was written and directed by Michel Laprise and showcased a tremendous cast of 46 artists.The huge blue and yellow striped tents played the location right next to the Hard Rock Stadium and will continue to show there until January 29th.
Make sure you get there early. If you only get there in time for the show than you’re missing part of the full experience. KURIOS’s pre-show really ushered in an atmosphere of pure excitement. You came into a big outdoor area filled with photo ops of performers on stilts, with giant wheeled bicycles and so much more. Then, servers came around with intoxicating red and white wines, Spring Water, some mango infused jumbo shrimp, seared tuna, bags of popcorn and my favorite, these narrow bread sticks wrapped with bacon and dipped in a teriyaki sauce. Keeping the pre-party going was a DJ playing remixes that created a soundscape for the show like the sidestepping, It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Ain’t Got that Swing.
As the clock turned to 11:11 (their time) the show began with music, dancing and the best costumes I’ve seen from designer Philippe Guillotel. One in particular had a huge round belly looking like the front end of an early bomber jet that opened up with a little person living inside of it. It was pure whimsical genius and just one example picked out of the Cabinet of Curiosities. The characters and their theming reminded me of other fantastical worlds like Pink Floyd’s the Wall, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and a mixture of steampunk and early nineteenth century immigrants; there was even a human accordion costume.
For the entire show the clock stayed on 11:11 showcasing that as the SEEKER delved into the land of imagination time stood still and there was no limitations. This concept was perfectly demonstrated by the chair stacking number. Now, I’ve seen this act before but never like this. They had an incredible balancing act of a performer on the top of chairs stacked high from the floor, then they added an element from the Cabinet of Curiosities. They mirrored the same chair stacking feet from the roof down until they touched. It was pure amazement!
There were also many acrobats flying over the audience, contortionists piled on each other, some juggling and the expertise of the Rola Bola, which had me cringing and applauding in unison. When each of these mesmerizing and death defying performances happened there was still other things going on so your eyes and your attention were all over the place taking it all in.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities had all the bells and whistles you love and expect from a CIRQUE DU SOLEIL show but KURIOS was surprisingly one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. One such act was the Invisible Circus, which was so purposefully cheesy that it was outright hilarious. Yet, the innovation didn’t let up as Kurios unveiled a outrageously funny Hands Puppetry act where performers with just their hands and a few props and costumes pretended as if they were people breakdancing, hurdling and so much more. However, the star of the show was a performer who brought a woman on stage for a date night. His physically and prop comedy was so good I was in tears. I’d tell you more about it, but I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag.
Michel Laprise really created something special here in CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities. This show is spectacular and will definitely be something you will tell everyone about. As the clock turned to 11:12 it was over, but thankfully KURIOS will be performing next to the Hard Rock Stadium until January 29th.