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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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95
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

95
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

90
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

90
SusanGranger.com

"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

90
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

90
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

85
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

85
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

85
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

85
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

85
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

85
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

85
eJuggle

"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

75
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

75
TheaterScene.net

"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

75
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

70
scribicide

"'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

95
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

95
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

95
BroadwayWorld

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

95
nerdbastards.com

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

90
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


100
Clever, Enchanting, Masterful, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You want to be amazed by the incredible talent of cirque artists, and enjoy a steampunk aesthetic.

Don't see it if You hate to smile.

100
Funny, Ambitious, Dizzying, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you are ready to be amazed. Like physical performances. Are in the mood for some magic and wonder.

Don't see it if you care about plots. Are looking for a musical. Don't like the circus.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You like creative costumes and staging, graceful athleticism, uncommon music, escaping into fantasy

Don't see it if You need a straightforward storyline, a single focal point, standard melodic music

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if U love innovative entertainment, beautiful music, vibrant music & costumes. I've seen Cirque 25 times, and Kurios is their best touring show

Don't see it if There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be seeing this show. Get tickets before it's gone!!

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if you love Cirque or don't know if you do. Everything about it is spectacular.

Don't see it if you hate all good things like beautiful costumes, stunning make-up and breath-taking acts.

100
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.

100
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like Cirque.

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

100
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Riveting

See it if You love intense, riveting, magical theater. It was like a fast-paced, steampunk Night Circus that you'll be left thinking about for weeks!

Don't see it if You're not a fan of death-defying circus acts.

Also We're huge fans of Cirque du Soleil and have been lucky enough to see ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You love Cirque or enjoy circus/over the top spectacle and surprising performance, you have a great imagination, like feeling like a kid

Don't see it if You enjoy character-driven plays or musicals, you cannot access Randall's Island, you need real flushing toilets snd potable water

100
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

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a phantasmagorical performance with over the top acrobatics and some great humor for all ages to enjoy.

Don't see it if you don't like circus performances or are looking for something thought-provoking.

100
Funny, Quirky, Great staging, Steampunk, Acrobatics

See it if You love great choreography set to a wonderful score. Whether you love dance or gymnasts, the acrobats will appeal.

Don't see it if You don't like to have fun.

100
Epic, Intense, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You can not tell me you've never not been entertained at a cirque show. What they do is pure magic and is jaw dropping! It's a must see!

Don't see it if The only thing negative about this show is the location. Its a bit out of the way but if that isn't a problem then get your tickets!!

100
Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you love seeing talented people perform amazing feats

Don't see it if you don't like circus type acts

100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if Like Cirque du Soleil productions. This is one of the best.

Don't see it if You mind traveling to Randall's Island

100
Edgy, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love the quirkiness of Cirque shows and want to be truly entertained.

Don't see it if The circus is not your thing or you have no sense of wonder.

Also I've seen a lot of Cirque around the world. I never thought any could ... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if the only score you can ever give cirque is the best the best the best -- see it period!

Don't see it if just see it - fantastic!

100
Funny, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if YOU LIKE TO BE ENTERTAINED. GREAT SHOW LOVED EVERYTHING, TRICKS, STAGE, COSTUMES, MUSIC AND THE WHOLE PLACE ATMOSPHERE. VERY FUNNY ALSO.

Don't see it if YOU DO NOT LIKE CIRQU DU SOLEIL.

100
Delightful, Exquisite, Masterful, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you will enjoy an artistic presentation of circus arts. This is a carefully developed masterpiece. You will be awed and never stop smiling.

Don't see it if you dislike beautiful acrobatics, gymnastics, unique acts and performers, or hate smiling. There is nothing like this, and you should see it

Also This show will blow you away! This is not a side show circus in the li... Read more Read less

99
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You love Cirque, or even if you don't! This was one of their best shows, full of amazement, energy and fun!

Don't see it if The only reason not to see this is: It's a drag to take public transporation to Randall's island. BUT SO WORTH IT!

98
Delightful, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if you value great circus numbers, masterful staging and costumes. Music complemented the performance well. Hard work of circus professionals!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy circus, but I think you'll love this one anyways.

98
Funny, Dizzying, Entertaining, Mesmerizing, Spectacular

See it if you like the circus, but want to see something much more artfully done. The costumes, sets, music, and artists were all incredible.

Don't see it if watching death-defying stunts is too much for your heart, or you have issues with lighting effects.

Also I realized that this is the highest rating I have given a show, which ... Read more Read less

98
Delightful, Masterful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Cirque. This show has amazing acts, so many moving parts and awesome actors. A must see!

Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional broadway experience. This is like no other show. A really immersive show with great acts! Go see it!!

97
Epic, Masterful, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to be totally enchanted by pure talent and incredible visuals

Don't see it if Steampunk, circus acts, tense balancing acts, and freeform plots aren't your thing

96
Absorbing, Masterful, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like first class acrobat acts, a steampunk themed circus, oddities and a circus without animal

Don't see it if You want a circus with animal, do not like to travel to Randall's Island


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