Energetic & imaginative performance from Cirque du Soleil
Once again Cirque du Soleil is back in Brisbane, this time with a very energetic show called Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. You will go on a magical and scientific journey that ranges from the sky to the depths of the sea. A great show for all ages which combines the artistry and sense of wonder that Cirque du Soleil is famous for with a great sense of fun and joy.
By the 1990s, Cirque du Soleil had redefined circus and acrobatic performance to such an extent that by the time it entered the 2000s, it had become a cliche of itself. Once you have been parodied on The Simpsons, you are either going to fade away or be forced into new territory.
As the largest circus production company in the world, and the training ground for most of the other top circus companies, it is always trying new things and going beyond what you would expect. Not every production has been perfect, but Kurios has excited the world with its energy and new creative vision.
Enter into a steampunk fantasy world that reaches to the skies and heads under the oceans accompanied by an energetic electro-swing soundtrack. This is Cirque du Soleil, but not as you know it. Yes, there are moments of artistry, but there is also a certain amount of buffoonery, as well as great acrobatics. At times, they manage to put all these elements and more together.
Trains pass through the audience and run out onto the stage, automata travel across the stage, and flying machines take to the skies. Costumes range from the bizarre to the beautiful and include the beautifully bizarre. Cirque du Soleil is famous for its modernisation of circus costumes, but for this show they are prepared to step back in time with circus outfits inspired from classic and historic circus styles, as well creating new and unexpected characters.
Performances often use traditional circus acts as a basis but transformed and interpreted in unexpected ways. One example that stands out to me was how they transformed the most boring of all circus acts, the chair balancing act,into something truly amazing and unexpected.
At the Venue
The show is under the Le Grand Chapiteau at Northshore Portside. The location is a little crowded with queues forming in the street outside to come in the area, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time beforehand.
They do sell some limited snacks at the venue, including popcorn and hot dogs, along with drinks. There are plenty of places to eat before the show, including Portside Hamilton and on Fridays and weekends, Eat Street Markets. We were running late, so we just grabbed some good for the IGA at Portside.
This is a performance that will delight people of all ages and combines breathtaking acrobatics, artistic presentation, humour and an amazing sense of wonder. Cirque du Soleil is definitely still pushing the limits of circus performance.