Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities also known as Kurios is a touring Cirque du Soleil production created and directed by Michel Laprise. Kurios premiered on April, 24, 2014 in Montreal QC. Kurios follows a late 19th-century world inventor who invents a machine that defies the laws of time, space, and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him with steampunk elements.
Set and Technical Information
The set and props used in Kurios are inspired by steampunk and retro-future. The set makes several references to the industrial revolution and early 19th century without it being tied to that period. Set designer Stéphane Roy describes it as, "It’s like Jules Verne meets Thomas Edison in an alternate reality, out of time."
Since all of the performances are performed on independent structures, the stage itself is lowered 14 inches and a 23 in wide bank was installed to give the audience more focus on the acts performing on the structures. The wooden floors of Kurios' stage, the 160 panels of wood were made from silicone from molds made from century old planks. 26 coats of paint and varnish were used to give an authentic look to the wooden panels. The stage contains two large pillars called "cabinets". The structures are made from recycled parts from various junkyards and fused together with various pipes and tubes.
The huge steampunk-inspired mechanical hand during the contortion act is operated by only one technician by using a pedal and a gear mechanism. The mechanical hand is made from fiberglass and built from various parts to make the hand look like wood, metal, marble, and iron. The hand is 14 feet long with the fingers and 8 feet wide. It weighs 750 pounds.
During the "Theater of Hands" act, the hot air balloon used to project the performance is made from fabric and has a built in blower system. The projection screen is 14 inches in diameter.
The Seeker's chair stands at 11.5 ft ( 3.5 m. ) tall and is decorated with recycled pieces of metal. The tarpaulin at the back of the stage is made of 2231 square inches of fabric that was given a patina.
During the opening of the Chaos Synchro 1900 act, Mr. Microcosmos' costume extends to 62 ft. ( 18.8 m. ) in a form of a train for the various performers to go through. The train is made from aluminum with an outer shell mostly made from vinyl canvas. Fiberglass mosquito screens were used to make the windows of the train. The belly of Mr. Microcosmos weighs almost 20 pounds and has its own independent system for lighting and ventilation.
Certain parts of the The Seeker's costume and the top part of the Accordion Man's costume were made from a stretchy material with metal foil was added. This was to make a faux leather that is easy to wash and are comfortable for the performer.
The images on the metalized polyester jersey fabric are photos using a technique called sublimation which imprints the image into the fiber.
Sewing the inside of The Accordion's Costume took an entire week to complete.
- The Seeker: A scientist who creates a machine to travel to different worlds, dimensions, and times.
- The Curiosistanians: Inhabitants of the country Curiosistan.
- Nico The Accordion Man: Handyman to The Seeker, Nico is shy, awkward, and sensitive.
- Mr. Microcosmos: Leader of the three, Mr. Microcosmos, he represent technological progress.
- Klara The Telegraph of The Invisible: Klara can receive alpha waves through her hoop skirt. She represents the obsession with technological communication during the 19th century.
- Mini Lili: Representative of Mr. Microcosmos unconscious mind, and his artistic side.
- The Kurios: Made from recycled scrap metal, The Kurios serve as assistants to The Seeker. These include the Kurios Winch and the Kurios Plunger.
- Chaos Synchro 1900 (Juggling/Drums):
- Russian Cradle Duo:
- Aerial Bike:
- Clown Act: The Invisible Circus:
- Upside Down World (Balancing on Chairs):
- Rola Bola:
- Acro Net:
- Clown Act: The Couch
- Aerial Straps:
- Theater of Hands:
The score for Kurios was composed by Raphaël Beau in collaboration with Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard (also known as Bob and Bill). It is a fusion of jazz and electro swing.
- Eirini Tornesaki - From April 24, 2014 to March 19, 2017
- Sophie Guay - From March 19, 2017 to Present
For more information on the songs featured in Kurios, please visit Kurios (Soundtrack).
A live performance was recorded for Kurios in Miami, Florida in 2012. The DVD for the show was released on December 1, 2013.
The following color boxes indicate the region of each performance:
EU Europe NA North America SA South and Central America AP Asia/Pacific OC Oceania AF Africa
Grand Chapiteau Tour
2014 - 2018 Schedule
NA Montréal, QC - From April 24 to July 13, 2014 (show première)
NA Québec City, QC - From July 24 to August 17, 2014
NA Toronto, ON - From August 28 to October 26, 2014
NA Vancouver, BC - From November 14, 2014 to January 18, 2015
NA Seattle, WA - From January 22 to March 22, 2015
NA Calgary, AB - From July 24 to May 24, 2015
NA Denver, CO - From June 28 to July 26, 2015
NA Chicago, IL - From August 6 to September 30, 2015
NA Costa Mesa, CA - From October 15 to November 29, 2015
NA Los Angeles, CA - From December 15, 2015 to February 7, 2016
NA Atlanta, GA - From March 3 to May 8, 2016
NA Boston, MA - From May 26 to July 10, 2016
NA Washington, DC - From July 21 to September 18, 2016
NA New York, NY - From September 30 to November 27, 2016
NA Miami, FL - From December 9, 2016 to January 29, 2017
NA Dallas, TX - From February 17 to March 26, 2017
NA Houston, TX - From April 6 to May 21, 2017
NA Winnipeg, MB - From June 2 to July 9, 2017
NA Edmonton, AB - From July 20 to August 13, 2017
NA Portland, OR - From August 28 to October 8, 2017
NA Vancouver, BC - From October 19, to December 31, 2017
AP Tokyo, JP - From February 7 to July 8, 2018
AP Osaka, JP - From July 26 to November 4, 2018
AP Nagoya, JP - From November 22, 2018 to January 27, 2019
AP Fukuoka, JP - From February 15 to March 31, 2019
AP Osaka, JP - From July 26 to November 4, 2019
AP Singapore, SG - From July 5 to August 18, 2019
OC Sydney, AU - From October 2 to December 29, 2019
OC Brisbane, AU - From January 10 to January 26, 2020
OC Melbourne, AU - From March 12 to March 29, 2020
OC Adelaide, AU - From May 29 to June 7, 2020
OC Perth, AU - From July 3 to August 2, 2020
EU Rome, IT - From March 16 to April 24, 2022
EU Milan, IT - From May 4 to June 19, 2022
It takes over 65 trucks to transport the set and equipment of Kurios. The set and equipment weigh over 2000 pounds.
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.
When weather permits, 3 artists perform on top of the Grand Chapiteau greeting guests while playing music and acting; a first for Cirque du Soleil.
Behind the Scenes
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