Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios” premiered in April 2014 in Montreal, and has since continued to regale audiences, and is doing so currently at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium. Its residency – in a gorgeously lavish tent in the parking lot of the Dodgers’ home – ends very soon, however, on Superbowl Sunday, February 7th.
Yet for nearly two months, dating back to December 10th, 2015, the performers of Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios” show have managed to meld the world of fantasy with the realm of acrobatics and world-class singing. For individuals who love and support the arts, there are very few mediums of expression that combine the triumvirate of music, athleticism, and story-telling at the nearly unattainable, Olympic-like level that Cirque du Soleil manages to pull off from one show to the next.
“Kurios” is a wonderful achievement with what it aspires to attain, and actually does so in the bedazzled viewer. Its narrative, which is anchored around an inventor (“The Seeker”) who defies the temporal laws of physics, is joined by characters that represent the protagonist’s psychological underpinnings (“Mini Lili”), and ones like “Mr. Microcosmos,” who offer philosophical or political commentary on the advanced “technology” that drives the story. And of course, there is the eponymous “Kurios,” who are, in name, “The Seeker’s” assistants.
The innovation of this production from an athletic standpoint, moreover, is an absolute gift to the senses. There is a beguiling aerial bike trick, off-the-charts bodily contortion, incredible juggling, exceedingly flexible “Siamese twins” performing astounding aerial work, jaw-dropping tube-balancing, and, of course, the much-talked about act that features a man doing complicated hand-stands with a pair of canes.
The music, in addition, has the total effect of being an aural masterpiece. Raphaël Beau’s score (Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard contributed, too) sounds like futuristic jazz music, the kind that probably is a representation of the natural evolution of the genre, which made its initial footprints n musical lore starting with seminal figures like Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. The tracks in particular by Beau that highlight the effortless transmutation of the jazz genre include “Steampunk Telegram,” “Gravity Levitas,” “Fearsome Flight,” “Wat U No Wen,” and the finale, “You Must Be Joking.” It should also be said that vocalist Eirini Tornesaki has seamless pitch, vowel, and intonation in every note and phrase to the extent that even the foremost vocal professors would blush.
“Kurios” will continue its tour throughout the United States following its stay in Los Angeles. Next up is Atlanta, GA between March 3rd and May 8th, followed by Boston, MA (May 26th until July 10th), Washington, DC (July 21st until September 18th), and New York, NY (September 30th until November 27th).
Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios” receives the highest recommendation as it is a necessary viewing experience for everyone and anyone.
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