After a four year absence, Cirque du Soleil has returned to Chicago with its newest touring show (and its 35th production), KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™. Performing under its iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top, Cirque du Soleil has brought to this city what is arguably the best production in its 31 year history.
Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience to a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative as the audience’s perception of it is transformed. The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities.
At its core, Cirque du Soleil is a combination of acrobatics and street performance, but the performances are so much more than that. In Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, the sometimes mystical, sometimes energetic music, the bizarre costumes, the fantastical special effects, and the other-worldly creatures deliver an experience unlike anything you’ve seen before. In this production, you’ll enter a most unusual world that makes you feel like you’re in a magical, mystical dream state, and it’s a dream from which you won’t want to wake. As fascinating as the unusual special effects are, though, Cirque du Soleil also delivers some of the best acrobatic performances around. The artistry and the acrobatic power and finesse of these performers is enthralling. I don’t want to spoil the surprises in store for you, but I will say that you’ll see some unbelievably creative and difficult feats performed in this production that you won’t see anywhere else. The powerful and perfectly executed skills of the performers and the visually imaginative storyline delivers a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities will be performing through September 20, 2015, under its blue-and-yellow Big Top in parking lot K at the United Center. Although the official address for the United Center is 1901 W. Madison, parking lot K is located a couple of blocks directly south on Adams, just east of Damen. For those you are driving, there are three parking lots on Adams just east of the Big Top with parking prices ranging from $20-29. Click here for driving directions and information about public transportation.
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ will be in Chicago through Sunday, September 20. Tickets are available for purchase by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or calling 1-877-9 CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Tickets range from $35 – $145.
Cirque du Soleil, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, has performed before almost 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. It has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, click here.
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