KURIOS premiered under a brand-new white-and-grey Big Top on 5 July 2019 on Bayfront Avenue, next to Marina Bay Sands and is presented by M1. Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed.
Being my first Cirque du Soleil show, I went in with usual expectations of a typical circus show. Expecting regular seen before acts but we soon discovered that it is nothing like we have imagined. In the end, our perceptions were transformed, and we were wildly entertained and could not stop talking about the acts the entire night.
Since its debut, critics across North America and Japan have been raving about KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities. In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a scientist (“The Seeker”) is convinced that there exists a hidden world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. Out of his curio cabinet steps an international cast of 47 artists from 17 countries, a collection of otherworldly characters made up of world-class gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, hand-puppeteers, yo-yo wizards, clowns, actors and musicians. Together they turn the Seeker’s steampunk world upside-down as they are guided by an energetic gypsy jazz, electro swing soundtrack.
As we entered the huge tent, we were greeted by the prelude. Scientists trying to start up a generator and the audience got to interact with the performers who came down from the stage and into the audience. Seemingly to look for a particular someone as they scanned the crowd, spot someone, squint their eyes slightly, before shaking their head and moving on.
Through the various efforts of including the audience in the show, we felt like a part of the alternate world. If you would like a chance to be up close and personal during the performance, be sure to get seats along the aisle.
What makes the show interesting:
The Accordion Man’s attire
Rima Hadchiti, the artist who plays Mini Lili is 3.3 feet tall and weighs 41 pounds. She is one of the 10 smallest people in the world
The mechanical hand in one of the scene weighs 750 pounds and measures 15 feet by 6.8 feet
More than a hundred costumes were created to dress the cast of KURIOS
There are 426 props in the show, the most of any production in Cirque du Soleil’s history
The 122 tour members come from 18 23 different countries. Some have been touring with Cirque du Soleil for more than 15 years
This is the first time that Cirque du Soleil presents a welcoming act on top of the big top before the show starts. When weather permits, 3 artists climb up the big top and greet the guests from above while playing music and acting. Guests get a taste of the KURIOS experience as soon as they enter the site
It took the team of props makers approximately 250 hours to build Mr. Microcosmos’ round belly
“Upside Down World” is also one of my favourites because of the ingenuity behind it. The act starts off typically as a balancing act where the performer builds a tower of chairs and balances on them to reach a chandelier dangling above. As he climbs higher and higher, a parallel universe with a mirror image of the dinner table and chairs appears from the ceiling! Seeing is believing
This show is totally entertaining and nothing you have ever seen before, catch it before 18 August 2019
Sat, 6 Jul – Sun, 18 Aug 2019
Tues – Fri: 4.30pm, 8pm
Sat: 4.30pm, 8pm
Sun: 1.30pm, 5pm
UNDER THE BIG TOP
BAYFRONT AVENUE, BESIDE MARINA BAY SANDS