Those crazy-talented peeps from Cirque du Soleil are here in Singapore once again to impress us with another boundary-pushing production to boggle our minds and knock our socks off. The 35th Cirque du Soleil production since launching in 1984, Kurios is in town now, and makes for a fabulous night of theatrical entertainment for the whole family (or feel free to ditch the kids and make it a date night!). Here’s all you need to know about Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities…
Who are Cirque du Soleil?
Cirque du Soleil is a Quebec-based behemoth acclaimed the world over for its high-calibre shows that put a modern twist on the traditional circus. Now in its fourth decade, the company has performed to more than 180 million spectators in more than 60 countries, and last year showcased 19 different productions around the world. Talk about a juggling act!
What’s Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities all about?
You can expect serious steampunk vibes with the show – the greatest inventions of the industrial age are celebrated with the incredible set design and whimsy costumes. Interlaced between all the acts is the story of an ambitious inventor who reinvents everything around him to stunning effect. It’s all staged under a big top – the ideal setting for a circus show – next to Marina Bay Sands. And make sure you look out for the welcoming act on top of the big top before the show, too. When weather permits, three artists will be greeting guests from above.
What can I expect?
In a nutshell, all kinds of amazingness: innovative mechanical set design, wow-worthy costumes and, of course, amazing acts. Our particular favourites? The yo-yo wizard (amazing!!!), gravity-defying acrobats and eye-watering contortionists. You’ll be digging out your old retro yo-yo and practising the ‘around the world’ move as soon as you get home, fact! Audiences have been raving about the show since it launched, so why not take their word for it and see for yourself.
Will my kids enjoy it?
In a word: yes! If your child is old enough to sit and take in a performance, they will definitely be transfixed for the whole two hours and 20 minutes (including a 30-minute interval). Children of all ages are welcome to attend; just note those two and under must sit on your lap for the entirety of the show. There are also plenty of lols to be had: we had a few hearty chuckles at the audience-participation act where a random woman endured one of the cast member’s attempts to woo her as a dinosaur and a cat (it’s a lot funnier than it sounds and definitely PG-rated!). And you can always throw some cool trivia at them: did you know more than 100 costumes were created for the show, and that the Kurios wash basket requires a whopping 24 hours of laundry duty every week. Not only that, but Rima Hadchiti, the artist who plays Mini Lili, is around 100cm tall and is one of the 10 smallest people in the world.
When can I go?
When: Now until Sunday 4 August, various performance times
Where: Under the Big Top, Bayfront Avenue, beside Marina Bay Sands
How much: Adult tickets start at $95 (excluding booking fee); child tickets (aged from 2–12) start at $85. Littlies under two are free of charge, provided they sit on your lap.
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