Chicago Welcomes Cirque du Soleil’s New Show KURIOS


Cirque du Soleil returned to Chicago this week after a four-year absence with its newest touring show, ‘KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities’, premiering to rave reviews under the famous blue-and-yellow Big Top in the United Center parking lot.

Set to a toe-tapping, 30s-era jazz score, and featuring a gorgeous set design and vibrant costumes, the new show is a clever tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible.

The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities. “Kurios” is an inspired blend of unusual curiosity acts and stunning acrobatic prowess from Cirque du Soleil.

Powered by a top-shelf troupe of artist-athletes, “Kurios” delivers memorable thrills start to finish – jugglers, trapeze artists, tumblers and aerial acts perform in impressively choreographed and fast-paced routines that bring out plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the audience.

  • An acrobat jumps on her acrobatic bicycle suspended in midair and hangs on in a variety of positions — on the handlebar stem or on the wheel, by a foot or by an arm.

  • Four deep-sea creatures that embody electric eels inside the Seeker’s cabinet come to life in this stunning, fast-paced and fluid contortion act.
  • The wit of “Kurios”arrives in the form of the Invisible Circus. An eccentric ringmaster directs a miniature circus with invisible artists. Ranging from teeterboard to high diving to riding a unicycle on a tightrope, the acts all materialize in our minds by the sheer power of visual and sound effects.
  • Above a vast ocean, underwater creatures pirouette, bounce and rebound on a net that covers the entire stage. Their street-style performance is mixed with pure trampoline techniques.

That’s just a few of the highlights you’ll see in Cirque du Soleil’s latest show – “Kurios”.

For visitors to the Windy City, plus locals looking for an afternoon or evening of great entertainment, “Kurios” is a super choice.

The exquisitely produced show is a dazzling, theatrical presentation that wows the imagination – and further underscores Cirque du Soleil‘s creative innovation, visual proof of an artistic team constantly striving for originality and expression.

Connect with for great ticket deals and enjoy “Kurios” in downtown Chicago before the circus packs up the Big Tent and moves down the road to another lucky city.


Cirque du Soleil – KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

August 6, 2015 to September 20, 2015

Location: Under the Grand Chapiteau in the United Center parking lot, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago.

Showtimes: 8 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 4:30 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 20

Running time: About two hours, 20 minutes with intermission



By Jeff Hyatt

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