Kurios Cirque du Soleil Review

Kurios Cirque du Soleil Review

Photo: Martin Girard /shootstudio.ca. Costumes: Philippe Guillotel. © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

 

Whenever Cirque du Soleil’s Big Tops appear at the Pepsi Center grounds in Denver, I’m eager to see whatever show is coming through the Mile High City. I love the theatrics, the costumes, the music, acrobatics and artistry that create the most unique stage shows on the planet. So when I was invited to a VIP night for Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities here in Denver, I wasn’t about to let anything stop me from attending. Not even my early morning flight to Memphis the next day.

Kurios Cirque du Soleil Review

Photo: Martin Girard /shootstudio.ca. Costumes: Philippe Guillotel. © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

Kurios Cirque du Soleil Review

I first fell in love with Cirque shows when we were invited to see Koozå. It blew me away. I’ve held every show I’ve seen since up to it. Since Koozå, that has included Amaluna here in Denver and La Nouba in Orlando. If I had to rate them best to last, I’d still rate Koozå first, with La Nouba a close second. Third would be Kurios and fourth, Amaluna. Perhaps it is because I like lots of high-flying acrobatics and death-defying feats such that Koozå has – lots of audible gasping and ooh’s and aah’s coming from the audience throughout the show. La Nouba has lots of those moments as well. Amaluna was more contained to the water tank where most of the performances took place. It was beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but I had hoped for more.

Kurios falls right in the middle of the pack. There is acrobatics, balance and definitely daring, but on a smaller scale – less grandiose – than Koozå. Kurios is a mix of  curiosities, comedy and acrobatic daring. Overlay that with a 1930’s jazz-era, steam-punk theme and I rate Kurios tops for costumes, make-up and music. Just looking at the mysterious characters in their mechanical costumes should give you an idea. Think Mad Max meets Alice in Wonderland. 

Kurios Cirque du Soleil Review

Photo: Martin Girard /shootstudio.ca. Costumes: Philippe Guillotel. © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

Is Kurios Appropriate for Kids?

It was the dark, steam-punk theme that first had me wondering if the show would be age-appropriate for my eight-year-old daughter, Reagan. Would the characters be too scary for her? She had just seen La Nouba in Orlando, which is fun and colorful; definitely for the whole family. I can tell you that Reagan was entranced by Kurios and all the mysterious characters, imagining what the meaning of each character’s costume meant in terms of the story line. She laughed throughout the show and was awed by the performances. She loved it probably more than I did.

Kurios Cirque du Soleil Review

Photo: Martin Girard /shootstudio.ca. Costumes: Philippe Guillotel. © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

What is Kurios About?

You can read the story line for Kurios here on Cirque du Soleil’s web page. Best to read it before the show I’ve learned. It gives context to what you are about to see. Not that you need context  – it’s just as enjoyable without it! Besides, does any Cirque show really make any sense, or is it just me? It’s a good thing I don’t go to Cirque shows for the story. I go for the experience of seeing something I know I’ll never see anywhere else! And I can guarantee you, you will see some firsts at Kurios!

Kurios Cirque du Soleil Review

Photo credit: Chris Bird

Ticket Information

Kurios Cirque du Soleil will be in Denver through July 26th at the Pepsi Center, Prius West Lot. Just look for the three giant blue and yellow Big Tops. There are evening performances during the week and typically two performances a day on the weekends. You can buy your tickets here for Denver and upcoming shows in Chicago, Cost Mesa and Los Angeles.

 

Disclaimer: Tickets for my daughter and I were provided by Cirque du Soleil for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own and without influence by Cirque du Soleil.

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    says

    Great post! I’m a huge fan of Cirque du Soleil, and just happen to be visiting Denver next week! I’ve been to Nouba in Orlando as well and Ka in Vegas. Ka is definitely my favorite!

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