Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

A World of Curiosities to Unravel

“Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down.” CirqueduSoleil.com

KURIOS is staged with fantastic props, scenery and costumes in what most people would consider ‘steam punk’ I think. It is a mix of Victorian era costume with the industrial such as steam trains. It is visually stunning as you would anticipate with a Cirque du Soleil production.

Throughout the entire performance is musical and vocal accomplishment by a very talented small band and singer – all in costume .

As usual the minimal dialogue is all in French but is generally indecipherable anyway. I’m not sure if that is intentional or not.

What to expect – Act One

The first half was an hour long. It starts with a short routine through the crowd – so if you’re not in your seat on time you’ll have to wait a while. The first act was a juggling performance followed by a trapeze type performance with a bike. (Some of my descriptions will appear a bit odd but that’s a Cirque performance for you!).

I think the next act was an invisible circus – quite amusing anyway. Then came the contortionists and two balancing acts (one with chairs and one with tubes) and I think the official Cirque blurb on these are the best descriptions:

Contortion

“Deep-sea creatures that embody electric eels inside the Seeker’s cabinet come to life in this stunning, fast-paced and fluid contortion act. The wriggling artists execute a series of incredible pyramids and figures at an astonishing pace using the Mechanical Hand as a platform.”CirqueduSoleil.com

Upside Down World

Dinner guests are stunned by the telekinetic powers of one of their table companions who can make a chandelier suspended above their heads move. Another guest challenges him by piling up chairs in an attempt to reach the chandelier. All of a sudden, the group realizes that their exact double exists in a parallel universe right above them where the same scene is unfolding… but upside down! CirqueduSoleil.com

Rola Bola

“A fearless Aviator who happens to be an expert in the discipline of rola bola makes a soft, graceful landing in his small propeller plane, which he will use as a platform. Balanced on his impressive, tottering structure, the artist and his cylinders and planks rest on a platform built into a trapeze Washington. The suspended apparatus moves up and down and swings in a long pendulum motion – an incredible feat requiring an extraordinary sense of balance.” CirqueduSoleil.com

Interval

The interval is about 25 mins giving everyone plenty of time to stock up on drinks and snacks and pick up some souvenirs in the shops inside the Big Top.

What did make me smile was the very short queue (outside) for the ladies toilets and a very long queue for the gents. I think that might actually be a world first!

What to expect – Act Two

The second half is slightly shorter, about 50 minutes long, and commences with an acrobatic trampolining group as fish. Yes, fish. Here is the official blurb:

Acro Net

Above a vast ocean, underwater creatures pirouette, bounce and rebound on a net that covers the entire stage. Their street-style performance is mixed with pure trampoline techniques. Cirqudusoleil.com

There then follows a funny and clever mime performance with an audience member. A rope trapeze is the best way I can describe the next performance with two clearly very strong men flying over the arena holding on to a rope whilst performing.

This is followed by something totally different but equally as impressive – the best tricks with a Yo-Yo you will ever see!

The next performance was with hands projected onto a screen. If you’re a fan of the Addams Family films think of ‘Thing’ and you’ll get the idea. The show ended with an amazing performance by a group of acrobats.

The Cast of Cahracters

Where is it?

The Big Top, Marina Bay Avenue by Marina Bay Sands

The big top for KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities is white and grey. It’s all part of Cirque du Soleil’s sustainability efforts as lighter colours reflect sunlight, and so reduce the amount of heat trapped in the tent and the energy needed to keep it cool inside.

How much?

Tickets range from S$99 to S$329

We got 15% discount with a DBS card. There are various other discounts available too.

When?

It’s running until 18th August 2019.

N.B. Pictures without flash are allowed during the performance but not videoing or professional photography.

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