Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, is Cirque Du Soleil’s 35th performance creation since 1984. The Quebec-based acrobatic entertainment group has returned to Marymoor Park in Redmond for a performance run through March 22.
Cirque du Soleil’s most recent show at Marymoor Park was Amaluna in 2013. According to King County Parks, that production brought in $775,000 to its department. That gross revenue was comprised of rental and other fees and parking. That revenue directly supports maintenance and operation of King County parks and trails. Cirque estimates the Amaluna production pumped between $10 million and $15 million in to the local economy.
“Kurios is our fifth visit to this site, a great collaboration was built throughout the years with the team of Marymoor Park : a exceptional location that offers a great visibility on top of being in a bucolic environment. The collaboration with the team at Marymoor Park was part of the great success Cirque has in Seattle,” said Patrick Corneau, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Touring Shows.
Kurios tells the story of a Seeker, a sort of mad scientist (only in appearance, his demeanor is child-like and jovial), who believes in a secret world hidden by the limits of wonder and imagination. The show brings that world to life using the Seeker’s curio cabinet, which is full of mechanical and fantastical figures.
As usual, the set design doesn’t disappoint. In fact, this production features one of the lowest stages ever, at only 24 inches high, the idea being that the performers are closer to the audience. Kurios felt much more cinematic than other Cirque pieces I’ve seen, and I couldn’t help recall the work of Japanese animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle in particular). The costuming and set design evoke imagery from Steampunk subculture, a mish-mash of science fiction and fantasy that focuses on an alternative, often post-apocalyptic world that relies on steam-powered machinery.
If that description of Steampunk seems bleak, don’t fret. Kurios is lively. The show is full of wonder and laughs and the various acts are the perfect mix of athletic and death-defying performance and whimsical and comedic skits. Each act is better than the previous, and not because one looks better than the other, or one performer is more impressive than the last. What makes Kurios so much fun is how director Michel Laprise is able to weave each idiosyncratic piece onto one cohesive show.
I’ve been to most of the Cirque du Soleil shows that have run at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Kurios has been my favorite to date. If you’ve been curious about seeing a Cirque show, wait no longer.
Prices start at $40 for children age 2-12 and $50 for people 12 and older. VIP and behind-the-scenes experiences are available. Click here for tickets.