I’ve wanted to see Cirque du Soleil ever since I was about fourteen. I remember watching the DVDs over and over again, gasping with shock and delight as the performers did seemingly impossible things.
A few weeks ago, I was in Montreal and was lucky enough (thanks, Mom!) to see the second performance of Cirque du Soleil’s brand new show, Kurios .
The theme is “Cabinet of Curiosities,” which is evident from the moment you approach the huge yellow and blue striped tent in the Old Port.
Set sometime in the 19th century, the circus follows the main character, a scientist, who tries to create a machine to travel into a different dimension. It backfires, and that is where the magic happens.
Everything was so well done and choreographed, from the opening number to the last bows. A live band and singer perform during the whole show, tucked in the back of the stage.
There was quite a bit of variety in the acts, from four women performing mind boggling contortions on a giant hand, to aerial scarves, to a trampoline number that had me gasping, and a clown that had me laughing so hard I nearly cried.
The show is on a circular stage, with all the choreography based around the middle point, so those seats have the best view of all the activity, but there was so much going on that there was something to see from every angle.
It’s truly worth a visit.