Enchanting, magical, brilliant – just a few words to describe the amazing Cirque Du Soleil: Kurios show that just opened up in Chicago. The tour of this magnificent show, featuring a cast of insanely talented people, will be here in Chicago until September 20, 2015.
For the entire 2.5 hours we were there (show started at 8:00pm, we exited at 10:35pm and there was a 25 minute intermission half way through) there was never a dull moment. The time flew by, with so much to look at on stage and so many cool things going on, my attention was kept on overdrive the whole time.
During the intermission, as we excited the main tent, we were greeted by servers holding trays of decadent Salted Caramel Bars and Red & White Wine – all complimentary! (Not sure if this happens every night at Cirque Du Soleil or if it was special for opening night). The concession area was roomy and very clean, hard to believe it was all set up under a series of tents! They have gift store areas, photo areas, even a lovely lounge area to sit in. With all the people there I was pleasantly surprised at how spacious it was and how easy it was to move around. I had thought for sure we would be crammed in like sardines during intermission as everyone left the main tent – but it wasn’t like that at all.
What is Kurios?
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. The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities.
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, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. 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 in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.
A couple tips:
- Make sure you get there early. If you arrive past the 8:00pm start time they won’t let you in until an appropriate break in the performance. After the first act, all of a sudden a swarm of people were let into the main tent – so they ended up missing about 15 minutes of the show.
- There are plenty of parking lots all around but be prepared to shell out anywhere from $20- $35 depending on which lot you go to.
- Bring a sweater – don’t let the fact that this is held under a big tent fool you. The AC was cranked up and we were thankful we brought sweaters with us. We had to go outside to warm up after at 10:30 p.m.!
The audience consisted of all ages, although I would not take my 3 year old to something like this. Older kids, however, would probably really enjoy the show. There was something to please everyone I would say: humor, acrobatics, contortionists, dancers, and so much more – all with a steampunk flair. A little hard to picture maybe? Well I’m still not really 100% sure what it was about but I’d love to see it again!
Simply put, I don’t know how anyone could not enjoy this show, it was truly amazing. I cannot wait until my next Cirque Du Soleil experience!
**EDITOR’S UPDATE** Bring the whole clan and receive a family discount when you purchase three or more tickets!
Cirque du Soleil – Kurios Cabinet of Curiosities
Now Playing through September 20
United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago
Tickets start at $35
Disclosure: Writer was provided with tickets to opening night to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are that of the writer and no other compensation was received.