Cirque du Soleil Kurios Soars into Edmonton
Check out this spectacular show before it leaves town.
By Martin Girard © 2014 Cirque du Soleil
The circus is in town — big top and all.
The renowned international theatre troupe Cirque du Soleil has brought Kurios to Edmonton, a steampunk-themed show with the elaborate showmanship and awe-inspiring stunts Cirque du Soleil is known for. If you saw Cirque du Soleil's last show in Edmonton — Toruk: The First Flight at Rogers Place in December 2016 — know that Kurios is completely different, with its own unique storyline, set and characters. For starters, it's not an arena show but rather takes place circus-style in a big top tent at Northlands. The smaller venue means that every seat in the house has a good view of the stage, and you might even see some characters wander through the audience before the show. Then, every costume, every stunt, every piece of the set and every song is unique to the show, and a live band performs the original score. The show is a balance of humour/clowning with jaw-dropping stunts; it's not enough for the actors to balance atop a stack of chairs, they have to do it upside down as well. If you can't get the upbeat songs out of your head, the soundtrack is available to stream on Spotify, or for sale on vinyl in the on-site shop (a sign of the times indeed).
It's pure indulgence, pure spectacle, and a whole lot of fun. It's an all-ages show with whimsical touches to interest children and enough how-did-they-do-that stunts to keep adults engaged. I've seen sixteen Cirque du Soleil productions and Kurios is definitely one of the most mesmerizing and memorable.
There are 18 performances in August through August 13, including matinee and evening shows. Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios for tickets and more information — including 20% off tickets to select shows when you buy 3 or more tickets.