Cirque du Soleil will return to Australia from October this year with its most acclaimed touring show, Kurios– Cabinet of Curiosities. Kurios will premiere under its Signature Big Top on 2 October 2019 in Sydney before bringing the show to Brisbane from 10 January 2020.
Written and directed by Michel Laprise, Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the 19th Century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. 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.
Director of Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities Michel Laprise says since first visiting Australia 15 years ago, it has been one of his favourite places in the world. “I am thrilled that I can return through the spirit of Kurios and I hope it will inspire and bring joy to everyone who enters into our special realm of reality under our big top.” 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.
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