Kurios (Cirque du Soleil)

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Kurios
Kurios Logo.png
Logo for Cirque du Soleil's Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
CompanyCirque du Soleil
GenreContemporary circus
Show typeTouring show
Date of premiereApril 24, 2014 (Montreal)
Creative team
DirectorMichel Laprise
Director of creationChantal Tremblay
Set designerStéphane Roy
ComposersRaphaël Beau, Bob & Bill (Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard)
Costume designerPhilippe Guillotel
Lighting designerMartin Labrecque
ChoreographersSidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Yaman Okur
Acrobatic choreographersAndrea Ziegler
Ben Potvin
Susan Gaudreau
Sound designerJacques Boucher
Jean-Michel Caron
Makeup designerEleni Uranis
Acrobatic performance designersRob Bollinger
Germain Guillemot
Boris Verkhovsky
Rigging designerDanny Zen
Production managerGabriel Pinkstone
Chief production officer and executive producerCharles Joron
Creative guideJean-François Bouchard
Other information
Preceded byMichael Jackson: One (2013)
Succeeded byJoyà (2014)
Official website

Kurios[1] is a Cirque du Soleil touring production which premiered on April 24, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada under the full title of Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. Created and directed by Michel Laprise,[2] it looks at a late 19th-century world inventor who invents a machine that defies the laws of time, space, and dimension. As he reinvents everything around him with steampunk elements, he is joined by characters from another dimension who interact with him.[3]

Music[edit]

The score, composed by Raphaël Beau in collaboration with Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard (known as Bob and Bill), fuses jazz with electro swing.

The soundtrack was released on December 9, 2014. A CD launch, "Kurios about Music", took place at the December 10, 2014 show, which included an off-stage performance by the Kurios band and an after-show party.[citation needed]

Track titles[edit]

  1. "11h11" (Opening)
  2. "Steampunk Telegram" (Aerial Bike)
  3. "Bella Donna Twist" (Chaos Synchro 1900)
  4. "Gravity Levitas" (Russian Cradle)
  5. "Monde inversé" (Upside Down World)
  6. "Hypnotique" (Contortion)
  7. "Departure" (Theater of hands/Transition into Rola Bola)
  8. "Fearsome Flight" (Rola Bola)
  9. "Clouds" (Acro Net)
  10. "Créature de siam" (Aerial Straps Duo)
  11. "Wat U No Wen" (Banquine)
  12. "You Must be Joking" (Finale)

Vocalists[edit]

  • Eirini Tornesaki - from April 24, 2014 to March 19, 2017[citation needed]
  • Sophie Guay - from March 19, 2017 to present

Critical reception[edit]

The Toronto Star praised the show and critic Richard Ouzounian, saying "Kurios is Cirque du Soleil's strongest act in years."[4] The Gazette also declared Kurios a success, saying it was "...a classic. It runs like clockwork and could tick on forever."[5] The Globe and Mail described it as a "kinetic, whimsical and astounding new production".[6]

On the show's debut in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle called Kurios "the best Cirque du Soleil show in a long time".[7] The San Jose Mercury News wrote, "For its 30th anniversary, Cirque du Soleil has concocted a dark and mysterious world that eschews the brightly colored eye candy for which the French Canadian juggernaut has become famous."[8]

Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune wrote: "Well, the Cirque has come roaring back with a dazzling, hyper-detailed, potent, quixotic and generally fantastic show that reveals this extraordinary artistic company's singular capacity for exploration and metamorphosis. It is not to be missed on any account. Even the music, sung by the Greek vocalist Eirini Tornesaki, is beguiling."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kurios - Press Materials". Kurios. Cirque du Soleil. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  2. ^ Donnelly, Pat (April 18, 2014). "Cirque du Soleil piques our curiosity with Kurios". The Gazette.
  3. ^ "Kurios - About". Kurios. Cirque du Soleil. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  4. ^ Ouzounian, Richard (May 2, 2014). "Kurios is Cirque du Soleil's strongest act in years: review". Toronto Star.
  5. ^ Donnelly, Pat (May 2, 2014). "Review: Cirque du Soleil's Kurios reveals a world of wonder". The Gazette.
  6. ^ Wheeler, Brad (September 1, 2014). "Cirque du Soleil's Kurios: Send your sense of wonder into overdrive". The Globe and Mail.
  7. ^ Hurwitt, Robert (November 15, 2014). "Theater review: 'Kurios': Best Cirque du Soleil show in a long time". San Francisco Chronicle.
  8. ^ D'Souza, Karen (November 15, 2014). "Review: Cirque du Soleil's new 'Kurios' unveils a wild, darker world". San Jose Mercury.
  9. ^ Jones, Chris (August 7, 2015). "With 'Kurios,' Cirque is back with 4-star dazzle". Chicago Tribune.

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