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The famous Cirque du Soleil is returning to Brisbane, bringing a breathtaking new Big Top and their most-acclaimed touring show to date along with it. Presenting: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™. 

From January 10 until February 23 (the show run has already been extended due to overwhelming demand) KURIOS will premiere under a brand-new white-and-grey Big Top in Northshore Hamilton. 

Critics across North America, Japan and Singapore have raved about KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, and finally it’s time for Brisbane to get a taste of the magic. KURIOS is truly a tale that brings time to a complete stop. 

Be transported inside a fantasy world in an alternate yet familiar past, set in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It’s a time and a place where anything (and everything) is possible, reality is relative, and 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. Guided by an energetic gypsy jazz, electro swing soundtrack, it’s Cirque du Soleil at it’s very best.

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS is the 35th Cirque Du Soleil production since 1984 and 60% of its performers have featured in Cirque Du Soleil previously. One of the cast members, Rima Hadchiti, is amongst the 10 smallest people in the world at just 0.9-metres tall and 18.6 kilograms heavy.

For the very first time, when weather permits, Cirque du Soleil will present a welcoming act on top of the big top before the show starts. Keep an eye out for the three artists as they climb up the big top and greet guests from above, playing music and acting.

Tickets are available online or by phone at 1800 036 685.

CURIOUS FACTS ABOUT KURIOS:

  1. Cabinets of curiosities are the ancestors of museums, also known as cabinet of wonder in Renaissance Europe. Aristocrats, members of the merchant class and early practitioners of science formed collections of historical relics, works of art or mysterious travel souvenirs or artefacts.
  2. More than a hundred costumes were created to dress the cast of KURIOS. To make the Accordion Man’s attire, the costume-maker spent an entire week sewing inside the costume, and it took the team of props makers approximately 250 hours to build Mr. Microcosmos’ round belly!
  3. There are 426 props in the show, the most of any production in Cirque du Soleil’s history – the mechanical hand alone weighs 340 kilograms and measures 4.6 meters by 1.8 meters! No wonder it takes 65 trucks to transport the equipment.

MEET THE CAST…

THE SEEKER
Master of the house, the Seeker is a humanist as ingenuous as he is ingenious. With childlike innocence, he believes in an invisible world where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. He will find out that wonders are available to those who trust their intuition and imagination.

MICROCOSMOS
An authority figure, Mr. Microcosmos is the leader of the group. This serious chap is the embodiment of technological progress; his world is sturdy and evokes the steam train, massive building structures, the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais. This is man as a microcosm, running on his own steam and traveling in his own self-contained, self-subsisting ecosystem. Full steam ahead!

MINI LILI
She represents Mr. Microcosmos’ unconscious mind, his intuitive self, his fragile and poetic side. Mini Lili is a painter, an actress and a poetess. She lives inside her host’s overcoat. Through the door in his belly, you can catch a glimpse of the furnished interiors of the little lady’s abode, complete with armchair and other necessities of the Victorian home.

THE KURIOS
Since there is so much work to be done before his dream becomes reality, the Seeker surrounds himself with a brigade of assistants including the Kurios Winch and the Kurios Plunger. These quirky robots were built from scraps and recycled parts by the Seeker himself. These imperfect, dysfunctional creatures have the distinct smell of metal, leather and the unbridled imagination of their inventor.

THE CURIOSISTANIANS
They are the inhabitants of an imaginary country called Curiosistan and they turn up in the Seeker’s world in order to ignite his imagination.

NICO THE ACCORDION MAN
The perfect handyman, Nico is a little shy, a tad awkward, and extremely sensitive. Nico’s accordion costume allows him to bend very low or stand straight up so he can be at eye level with absolutely everyone.

KLARA THE TELEGRAPH OF THE INVISIBLE
Klara can receive alpha waves by turning on her heels and pointing her hoop skirt in various directions. She has a language of her own and symbolizes our obsession with telecommunications during the golden age of the railroad when the telegraph and the gramophone were invented.

EXPERIENCE KURIOS LIKE A VIP
Score the ultimate Cirque du Soleil experience, with the best seats in the house and access to the intimate VIP suite one hour before the show and at intermission. Enjoy wines, hors d’oeuvres, take-home souvenirs and free parking, with prices starting from $325. 

Sign up at cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueclub for complimentary membership to the Cirque Club. Members receive advance access to the best seats under the Big Top, deals and discounts for tickets, promotions with our partners and a chance to experience never-before seen exclusive Cirque du Soleil content.

www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios

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