KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
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 nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed.
KURIOS is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. The newest big top production to tour Australia arrives with a cast of 47 artists from 17 countries including world-class gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, hand-puppeteers, yo-yo wizards, clowns, actors and musicians.
This year they have for the first time have brought an all-new grey-and-white big top to Australia, its White and Grey Big Top stands in the Cirque du Soleil Village: and is about 20 metres (56 feet) high and is 51 metres (164 feet) in diameter.
Over 60 technicians raise more than 100 metal poles in the final step of building the roof of the “grand chapiteau”.
It is supported by 4 steel masts that each stand at 24 metres (79 feet) high.
More than 550 pegs are required to anchor the Big Top.
The Big Top can accommodate more than 2,400 people.
The entire site set-up includes installation of the entrance, hospitality and rehearsal tents, administrative offices, workshops, and kitchen.
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities travels city to city with more than 85 containers carrying the entire village.