Once again, in January and February, Cirque du Soleil brings a unique and inspirational circus performance to Brisbane. This time, it is the exciting [B] Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities[/B], which critics have praised as one of their best shows in years. Go on a magical steampunk journey through space and time with the help of a 19th century inventor.
Founded in 1984 in Canada, and named Circus of the Sun. Through their use of contemporary styles of performance welded to both traditional and new circus performances, it has become the largest circus producer in the world. Their artistic and story-based style revolutionised contemporary circus.
In many ways, Cirque du Soleil has become a victim of its own success. Yes, they do attract the best performing talent around the world, but at the same time, they have inspired many other similar circus companies, often run by people who have learned from being part of Cirque du Soleil. Because each new circus has to dare to be different to standout, there are many shows from other production companies that go beyond what Cirque du Soleil does.
However, they are still able to deliver a high level of creativity and style even though they have many different performances running simultaneously around the world. Each show is unique while still incorporating the signature aspects of a Cirque du Soleil production.
About Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
Praised by critics as a return to form and one of the best performances by Cirque du Soleil in a long time, this is the performance not to miss. With a steampunk theme, you will be transported through space and time by a 19th century inventor. The production crew have used the story line of invention and exploration to renew their own creativity and explore new territory.
With an electro swing sound track and a fusion between classic circus acts and creative performance, this is both circus at its best and contemporary artistic storytelling. Kurios is a show for all ages, stunning adults and children alike, though if you are to enter the Cabinet of Curiosities, you would best be a child at heart.
The performance will take place at Northshore Hamilton in Cirque du Soleil's famous circus tent and will be performed in the round. From experience for these types of performances, sitting what is nominally the front is often best, but each act will often have a different orientation, so that no one seat will always have the best view.
The Cirque du Soleil tent will be set at Northshore Hamilton
There is plenty of parking at Northshore Hamilton normally, but with the size of the performance and the fact that it will be right next to Eat Street Markets on weekends, you may want to head there early if you are going to drive.
Alternatively, you can take public transportation. Obviously the coolest way to the venue is by ferry, though this can be slow. The only bus directly to the venue is the 304, which goes from Doomben.
Before and after the show
Normally the circus venue sells drinks and snacks, but if you want a meal, you could be in luck. On Friday and Saturday evening, and Sunday from 12 to 8 pm, the Eat Street Markets will be open. This market serves a wide variety of different food from shipping containers.
An option for weekends is to eat at the Eat Street Markets
There is one restaurant near the venue, which is Northshore Harbour, but it is only open for breakfast and lunch, Which could be good for the Sunday Matinee performance. On other days, there are actually a number of restaurants at Portside Warf. This is one ferry or bus stop from the venue and also only a 20 minute walk from the venue. There are a number of great restaurants and cafes here.
Cirque du Soleil delivers stunning performances and in many ways is the international standard for contemporary circus performance. Kurios is a performance that will attract young and old to enjoy creative circus, which will entertain and wow the audience.