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Cirque du Soleil: Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities

Cirque du Soleil will return to Brisbane as part of a national tour from January next year with its most acclaimed touring show, Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities™.

Kurios will premiere under their Signature Big Top on January 10, 2020. Written and directed by Michel Laprise, Kurios is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop. Set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, Kurios is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible.

A “Seeker” and his larger-than-life curio cabinet, is convinced that there exists a hidden world—a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. And, in breath-taking Cirque du Soleil style, a collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

Featuring an extraordinary cast of 47 artists from 17 different countries including world-class gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, hand-puppeteers, yo-yo wizards, clowns, actors and musicians and spectacularly costumed and styled, Kurios is a must see for 2020.

Experience Kurios like a VIP: The ultimate Cirque du Soleil experience with the best seats and access to the intimate VIP suite one hour before the show and at intermission, including wines, hors d’oeuvres, take-home souvenirs and free parking.

About the show:
Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities had its world premiere in Montréal April 2014 and since its debut, the critics have been raving across North America: “It is not to be missed on any account,” said Chris Jones in The Chicago Tribune. “Kurios is the most enthralling, consistently over-the-top magical show Cirque du Soleil has sent our way in a long time,” raved Robert Hurwitt in The San Francisco Chronicle. “Kurios is the most joyous piece of theater I’ve seen in years and it will lift your spirits to the stars,” said Richard Ouzounian in The Toronto Star. And Misha Berson in The Seattle Times raved, “Kurios thrills in a splendidly captivating new show.” The Los Angeles Times made it a Critic’s Choice.

About the writer/director:
Michel Laprise worked in theatre for nine years as an actor, director and artistic director before joining Cirque du Soleil in 2000. At Cirque du Soleil, Michel spent five years as a talent scout before taking on, in 2006, the role of Special Events Designer. In that capacity, he directed the large-scale performance event created for the launch of the Fiat Bravo in Italy (2007); the Cirque du Soleil performance event celebrating Quebec City's 400th anniversary (2008); the opening show at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Russia (2009); the launch of Microsoft's Kinect console at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo; and the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 FIBA International Basketball Federation World Championships in Istanbul.

In 2012, Michel collaborated with pop star Madonna, providing artistic direction for her performance at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show; he later went on to direct her MDNA tour. Michel co-wrote and directed the VR movie "Kurios: Inside the Box" which won the Daytime Emmy® Award in the Outstanding Interactive Media category.

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