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KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Great staging, Absorbing

About the show

Cirque du Soleil presents an eye-popping, steampunk-themed spectacle about a 19th-century inventor who creates a machine that can reshape time, space, and reality itself.

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'Kurios' plunges audiences into a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor trying to reinvent the world him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down. Expect the jaw-dropping circus acts the troupe is famous for paired with a whimsical, retro-futuristic aesthetic. Performed in the Grand Chapiteau, state-of-the-art big-top tent on Randall's Island.

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The New York Times

"'Kurios' offers up the usual array of divertissements, but in this case enhanced by a striking visual look...'Kurios' seems more varied, exotic and inspired than usual. The production is infused with a vaguely macabre air, a touch of the eerie freak show, that gives the whole a more cohesive, occasionally entrancing effect...Yes, there are the usual attractions, all executed with the pinpoint precision we have come to expect...But I was most delighted by the real novelties." Full Review

Time Out New York

"Cirque du Soleil’s 'Kurios' is a procession of wonders: the Canadian circus giant’s sharpest, sexiest, most stylish production in years...The style may be retro, but the acts—and the technical ingenuity that makes them possible—are fully up-to-date...Even the side details are delightful...'Kurios' seems determined to be, as old circus hype would have it, the greatest show on earth. Watching it, agape with pleasure, you may not disagree." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"Cirque du Soleil regains it mojo with 'Kurios,' the company's most entertaining show in a long, long time...Even the most familiar-feeling routines are given new life via the imaginative staging and presentation...A comedy routine in which a clown reverts to animalistic impulses while courting a comely female volunteer is funnier than it has a right to be...Staged in literally breakneck fashion and further enlivened by its rollicking musical score, 'Kurios' delivers nonstop delight." Full Review

Mommy Poppins

"One of the best shows Cirque has done in years. Part of that is due to the venue: circus acts, even common ones, seem much more amazing up close in the intimate Grand Chapiteau tent...Also Cirque seems to have shed some of its pretensions and gone back to basics with acrobatic feats...The wisp of a plot is incidental...You're there for the acts, and boy do they deliver...The show is filled with all kinds of surprises which elevate acts so they no longer feel been there, seen that." Full Review

Front Row Center

"While there are acrobatics, aerialists, and people who do things with their bodies that you didn’t think bodies were meant to do, the dazzlingly realized design concept unifies the production into a finished whole...The thrills and chills keep on coming. One more spectacular than the next...Kudos has to be given to the design team. Sets, costumes, props, make-up, sound, music, choreography, and overall vision combined and coalesced to bring forth a sum that is greater than its parts." Full Review


"Cirque du Soleil’s 'Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities' has a wonderful premise and an eye-filling mise en scène. However, without the needed narration or program notes, the idea remains still in embryo. The problem one supposes is how to narrate a show that is intended for international audiences." Full Review

Out Magazine

"Cirque is back to basics with a big tent show full of magically costumed creatures who seem out of Tim Burton, 'Harry Potter,' and Lewis Carroll, and in one extraordinary sequence that involves an upside-down dinner party, Buñuel. The contortionists, jugglers, aerialists and juggling aerialists are all top-notch, making for a cabinet that’s even wackier than the Trump Cabinet would be, and way more fun." Full Review

Broadway Blog

"If I write in hyperbolic tone, it is only because there are no other ways to describe such a rich night of entertainment, chock full of eeriness, spectacle, oddity, humor, dexterity, strength, and good old fashioned fun...'Kurios' will satisfy both children and adults in a way that is clever and captivating...In my 20-plus years as a theater spectator, it is quite possibly one the most spectacular shows I have ever seen, even if I had to cope with a lot of sh** to see it." Full Review


"'Kurios', the steampunk show currently running in a big top on Randall's Island, makes the smart choice of breaking from Cirque du Soleil’s recent trend towards a cohesive narrative." Full Review


"Blending distinctive characters, engaging music and stylish choreography into surreal storytelling, it’s sensational – their best show in many years!...Perhaps the most amazing ‘staging’ emerges in 'Upside Down World,' a dinner party that transforms into a triumph of rigging with a man climbing on stacked-up chairs...Cirque du Soliel is currently touring 21 different productions but 'Kurios' is perhaps its best EVER!" Full Review

The Mama Maven

"Forget what you've seen in a circus before—'Kurios' is on a level of its own. Imagination knows no boundaries here; this is an Alice-in-Wonderland-type of world where nothing makes sense and you find yourself sitting in your seat asking yourself over and over, 'Can they do that???' Indeed, if I had to describe the show in one word, it would be: unpredictable...Cirque du Soleil spared no expense in this lavish production." Full Review

Off Off Online

"The effect is transportive; the assorted delights of fishlike contortionists, aerialists and a hugely entertaining live band, prove just enough to take the audience on a trip well worth remembering...Creator Michel Laprise has redeemed the reputation of his nouveau cirque and provided a magical spectacle...Rest assured, Cirque lovers: the circus of the sun has finally come to town." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Laprise and his fellow 'Kurios' designers have truly dug deep into the wonders of this era both in steampunk-influenced costumes/props/music and ambiance. Bicycle riders fly through the air, brightly colored goldfish leap in and out of the ocean (the trampoline). Steam-engine trains are powered by performers...The audience is left with a faint memory of a lifetime lived long ago, in an enchanted steam-driven factory of dreams." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"‘Kurios' kicked off its opening night splashing its way into our hearts and minds at the colossal, standing-room-only ‘circus tent’...Audience members marveled at a jaw-dropping array of vignettes that ranged from epic to extremely intimate...'Kurios' is quite simply one of the most lavish, spectacular visual feasts you’ll enjoy this year. Cirque du Soleil has once again merged their signature musical style with a striking visual concept and the results are pure gold." Full Review

Slant Magazine

"The steampunk aesthetic of 'Kurios' provides a clear and winning way in which to wring magic from the old, and features several stunning illusions...It’s a bit disappointing that 'Kurios' still relies so heavily on uninspired mainstays like the banquine and aerial straps...At its most stunning, 'Kurios' seamlessly combines its steampunk stagecraft with its performers’ technical feats, all while finding new variations on a familiar formula." Full Review

Truly Net

"It might just be the best Cirque we’ve seen since ‘O’...The first half of the show alone is worth the price of admission, and though the finale was a bit underwhelming, the entire crowd seemed buoyed by the experience. It’s eye-popping fun, beautiful, and most importantly for a show like this it’s whimsical, spirited, and features some absolutely wonderful performances. 'Kurios' is strongly recommended." Full Review


"Original live music, fantastic costumes, no animals, and high-level circus skills with a fresh approach is the order of the day, including an extended juggling routine...Absolutely thrilling and the audience showed their appreciation with great enthusiasm. A dynamic opening number...What follows is a series of circus acts gleaned from the four corners of the earth and jazzed up with the 'Kurios'-stylized live music and costuming." Full Review

Boston Globe

for a previous production "‘Kurios’ conjures an entrancing world…That world is brought to vaulting life by dozens of aerialists, acrobats, and other performers who manage to find loopholes in the laws of gravity, physics, and probability...As usual with a Cirque production, the story line of ‘Kurios' exists largely as a pretext for the marvels that unfold, though it’s a pretty sturdy conceptual framework as these things go…There’s much to see and savor…All in all, 'Kurios' is pretty—no other word will do—astonishing." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "Theatergoers who love artful aggregations of styles and images that nonetheless cohere will have a field day watching 'Kurios.' It’s like a master class in mash-up...There are plenty of large-scale acts that fill the stage and its air space with heart-stopping feats...'Kurios' also turns out to be among Cirque’s most personal and human-scale productions. For fans and fans-to-be, Cirque du Soleil’s 'Kurios' is both classically spectacular and captivatingly fresh." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

for a previous production "Cirque du Soleil has brought what may be its most rare and delightful show to date…It’s hard to choose a favorite in all of these acts, but my heart leapt up truly as a team of men, some dressed with fish tails, bounded up and down on a special acro net – and so high I am surprised they didn’t need oxygen. I know I did…If you think you know Cirque du Soleil, you simply can’t miss the joy and liberation of imagination 'Kurios' offers...And it sure looks like a lot of fun. " Full Review


for a previous production "‘Kurios’ is filled with the acrobatics, tricks and balancing acts one might expect, but this show repeatedly takes them a step further…This was my first Cirque du Soleil experience, and I can only describe it as a simply spectacular evening. From the detailed set design to the immense talent of the performers, to the planning that makes every moment seem seamless, this show is brilliant…I highly encourage you to step into the tent and the dream and see ‘Kurios’ as soon as you can." Full Review


for a previous production "‘Kurios’ is decidedly unique and captivating, and in every way what one would hope a Cirque show could be. Invoking the very sense of wonderment that makes Cirque Du Soleil so appealing in the first place…What makes 'Kurios' stand above the rest, is that it takes the very best of what Cirque Do Soleil has to offer–adventurous story, memorable characters, acts that are both funny and daring, music to cling to, vivid aesthetic–and balances it all into a truly joyous show from start to finish." Full Review

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in a nontraditional circus experience that's truly enchanting

Don't see it if You want to see the same old big top experience

Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Fluffy

See it if My friend who sees all Cirque shows gives it a 3 out of 10. Definitely underwhelming. Not terrible but not great. Maybe OK for $20.

Don't see it if you enjoy thrilling theater.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if Cirque back to its roots! Best show Cirque has done in a LONG time

Don't see it if You want a plot; you don't like circus/acrobats.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy dance, acrobatics, juggling done to live music with gorgeous costumes and imaginative staging. Visually astounding!

Don't see it if you are transportationally challenged - slow buses and parking costs $25. Disliking circus acts would also be a drawback.

Dizzying, Enchanting, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a well designed Cirque show.

Don't see it if you don't like the Cirque style. I will say, I really didn't like the clown in this one.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if If you want to experience or enjoy a pure Cirque show. You enjoy amazing an amazing visual feast.

Don't see it if You want a clear story line. You do not enjoy a high energy, multple areas of focus.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love old fashioned circus shows with acts that will. Low your mind and fun for the whole family.

Don't see it if You like story line with your circus acts, you're expecting this to be as big as a Vegas Cirque show.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see great acrobatics and a beautiful show.

Don't see it if You want more substance and are not entertained by impressive stunts.

Enchanting, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like Cirque de Soleil. If you have never seen them perform you will be enchanted and spellbound.

Don't see it if You have expectations of seeing dangerous stunts which I have seen in their other shows. This one is very tame.

Also I love their shows, get Tix months in advance and sit in the first row... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like cirque du soleil

Don't see it if you don't like cirque du soliel

Exciting, Delightful, Dizzying, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want to be amazed at the feats of acrobatics and athletics in a steam-punk Cirque stylish show. Always fun, always in awe.

Don't see it if you need a cohesive storyline or don't care to be amazed.

Entertaining, Great staging, Spectacular

See it if you like over-the-top spectaculars, or you like acrobatics, or you're on a date, or you're taking the kids.

Don't see it if you want conventional theater, with characters and a plot and dialog. Or if you have a strong dislike for steampunk.

Also The VIP package may be worth the price. It comes with great seats, fre... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like circus shows that are clever. Cirque du Soleil continues to surprise me with new and amazing acts. And it's animal free!

Don't see it if You find it difficult to travel to Randall's Island.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if it was fun exciting and fabulous show i loved it

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

Delightful, Dizzying, Quirky, Great staging, Energetic

See it if You generally enjoy Cirque acts and will appreciate creative new production elements with a steampunk flavor.

Don't see it if You have overdosed on Cirque du Soleil. This is one of their better shows, but you have seen most of it before in different costumes/sets.

Ambitious, Clever, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you have not seen other Cirque productions. There are definitely acts that are impressive but overall it was not as good as Totem or O.

Don't see it if you have seen other Cirque productions. Although some acts were good, there was too much emphasis parading around very creative costumes.

Also We took the bus from 125th St. The pickup was 90 minutes prior to the ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you are fan of Cirque shows. This was one of my favorite travelling shows. The acts were original compared to most of the other shows.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a fun show for the whole family.

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if If like shows about dysfunctional families

Don't see it if Like to think your family is normal by comparison

Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like Cirque du Soleil, contemporary circus, steampunk.

Don't see it if you don't like Cirque du Soleil, circus, steampunk, or don't want to go to Randall's Island

Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if Love a creative way to see Circus!!!

Don't see it if You a too intelectual to admire beauty!!!!

Enchanting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if one of the better cirque du soleils that I have seen. Interesting acts, sets, costumes. Very unique experience.

Don't see it if you don't like circus type performances or a very loose story.

Funny, Clever, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like circus, great staging, wonderful singing.

Don't see it if You want to see animals in the circus, you hate retro theme.

Also That was strange that mostly all talks in the scenario were in Russian... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Epic, Slow, Enjoyable

See it if You love amazing feats and gorgeous costumes!

Don't see it if You're looking for the show to make any sort of sense. The acts just appear and disappear with no real connecting tissue.

Entertaining, Great staging, Great performers

See it if you appreciate circus arts.

Don't see it if you wanted a developed story.

Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if You like Cirque du Soleil, the circus, or acrobatics

Don't see it if You expect to follow a story or obvious narrative

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