A World of Curiosities to Unravel
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:
Upside Down World
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:
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.
Tickets range from S$99 to S$329
We got 15% discount with a DBS card. There are various other discounts available too.
It’s running until 18th August 2019.
N.B. Pictures without flash are allowed during the performance but not videoing or professional photography.