Royal Albert Hall, London – until 5 March 2023
The best advice I can give you for Cirque Du Soleil’s Kurios is, leave all sense of reality, understanding and logical explanation at the entrance of the Royal Albert Hall, for this visual spectacle defies and challenges all aspects of any logic or expectations you have, on every level.
The immense skill in this production meant that I don’t think I’ve ever exclaimed WOW or had my jaw drop so many times in one evening.
The set, lighting and fabulous costumes by Philippe Guillotel really did add to the magic of the evening but it’s the unfathomable, unexplainable acts that really stole my heart. This show has to be seen to be believed, so without further ado read below the background, view the images and take a visit yourself, it’s on at the Royal Albert Hall until 5 March.
Featuring 13 jaw dropping acts, including six never seen before in the UK, Kurios takes aesthetic inspiration from the Victorian era and 19th century industrial revolution, and is a larger-than-life steampunk spectacle for people of all ages. The show has fittingly arrived at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, the venue where the show truly belongs, with the residency taking place at the end of the venue’s 150th anniversary.
The run of Kurios marks the 26th year that Cirque du Soleil have performed at the renowned venue, having graced the stage over 1,200 times and having sold almost 3.8 million tickets since 1996. The shows also mark over 2,000 Cirque du Soleil performances in the UK in 32 years.
Critically acclaimed the world over, Kurios—Cabinet of curiosities astonishingly revisits the signature Cirque du Soleil style of performance by weaving jaw-dropping acrobatics with a refreshing touch of poetry, artistry and humour. Featuring never seen before acts, Kurios is a mind-boggling escape from reality, unveiling a festive, steampunk-inspired universe where the unexpected lies at every corner.
In an alternate yet familiar past, Kurios steps inside the mechanical lab of an inventor convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world—a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. Once the inventor succeeds to unlock the door to this world of wonders, time comes to a complete stop and an uplifted cast of otherworldly characters invades his curios cabinet, bringing his makeshift creations to life one by one. As the visible becomes invisible and perspectives transform, KURIOS bursts into a celebration of the power of the imagination.
Premiered in Montreal in 2014, KURIOS has mesmerised over 4.5 million spectators in 30 cities worldwide with over 2,000 performances brought to life by its cast of 49 world-class artists.
Browse the images below which shows what I’ve said visually, better still go and see this incredible production – if you can get a ticket, then do so, you won’t regret it, you’ll be mesmerised from beginning to end, I know I was.
Photos : Mathew Tsang
Costumes : Philippe Guillotel
Cirque du Soleil 2022
All dates through to March 5th now on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/kurios and royalalberthall.com