Do you want to travel back through time and enter the strange mesmerizing world where “seeing is disbelieving” with Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities? You absolutely should, Kurios is the latest Cirque show to play in Atlanta and opened at Atlantic Station on Thursday night to a wildly appreciative crowd because it is live entertainment of the highest quality.
Kurios’ dark mystical world is the 35th production from the Cirque du Soleil producers and it is the most compelling yet. When you enter The Grand Chapiteau you leave Atlantic Station and metropolitan Atlanta behind and enter the world of Cirque du Soleil, and Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities where imagination, illusion and the incredible take over and envelop you. The entire evening is a sensory experience so complete and so overwhelming it is tangible. The Cirque du Soleil experience and how people respond to it is a phenomenon unique to Cirque and it’s a major part of the reason why they are so successful.
The Kurios experience begins when you enter Cirque du Soleil’s iconic blue and yellow Big Top tent complex before the show. While the Grand Chapiteau is closed guests are free to mingle, take “selfies” or dance with the large number of Kurios characters walking the foyer while a Kurios band plays on a small stage in the middle of the area. It’s wonderfully energetic and enthusiastic and it guarantees audience members are in the appropriate frame of mind for the evening’s festivities and they haven’t even been allowed into the Big Top yet.
Cirque best describes the premise for the show. “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.” Armed with this knowledge before you go into the show provides the context for the entire performance that isn’t necessarily clear once you’re in your seat and the clock turns to 11:11.
However, if you’re not completely aware of the show’s context, don’t worry, while knowing it enhances appreciation not knowing it doesn’t really detract from the performance. The audio-visual experience is truly wonderful. From the set design and costumes to the athleticism of the artists and the musicianship of the band everything about this production exudes the highest quality. Quite simply Kurios is magnificent entertainment.
The show is the classic Cirque offering with acrobats, contortionists, aerialists, and comedic interludes; all of the highest quality. In a fast paced performance that lasts a little more than two hours there is never a dull moment and the audience is given one jaw-dropping moment after another. Visually, it’s spectacular; the costumes, the set design, the characters all take you back to a victorian world where illusion is the norm. You can’t take your eyes off the stage for a moment for fear of missing something.
Highlights of the show are many but personal favorites included scenes titled “Contortion”, “Acro Net”, and “Banquine”. Even acts that you’d think wouldn’t work under a Big Top with a 2,600 capacity work perfectly given the Cirque treatment. “Yo-yo’s” and “Theatre of Hands” were wonderfully and uniquely entertaining.
If you stop to consider the sophistication and scale of the production of Kurios, the show becomes even more impressive and the whole experience is greater than the sum of its parts. Thinking about the incredible talent, choreography, set design, musicianship, costumes, and the support staff – all have an immense undertaking and they carry it off perfectly. Cirque du Soleil is the best at it.
Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is excellent entertainment and Atlanta is fortunate to have until May 8th to go see it. Perfect for families or a first date it will provide an experience that you won’t soon forget.