Kurios Cirque du Soleil Review – Preternatural Talent Showcase

Contortionists from Russia. Photo: Martin Gerard

 

Exotically costumed contortionists that look like a moving kaleidoscope…

 

A yo-yo seeming to move close to the speed of light…

 

Banquine act. Photo: Martin Gerard

 

And balance, balance, balance—on rolling boards,

 

Russian Cradle flying gymnast team. Photo: Martin Gerard

 

shoulders of fellow acrobats,

 

Aerial bicycle. Photo: Martin Gerard

 

a bicycle sailing through the air,

 

How fun to see this chair balance act mirrored from above at the top of the big tent. Photo: Martin Gerard

 

atop haphazard stacks of chairs,

 

James Eulises Gonzales of Columbia performs his Rola Bola act on ground as well as aloft in the air. Photo: Martin Girard

 

and more…

 

The "banquine" act comes from Russia. Photo: Martin Gerard

 

The newly arrived “Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosities™” show is first and foremost a showcase of the world’s A+ team of circus artists. 

 

Many of the costumes and set elements harkened the beginning of the industrial age and had a steam punk feel. Here Antanina Satsura of Belarus in the Mini Lili character is nestled in the costume of another performer. Photo: Martin Gerard

 

If you have had the chance to see the oozing creativity of the Chicago Contemporary Circus then you want to go to Cirque du Soleil to see what big budgets in circus can do.

 

Called a comic rather than clown, Facundo Gimenez of Canada is a master of ceremonies of sorts

 

Expect to be transported into a festive feeling.  As we learned in the Cirque du Soleil preview tour of the Kurios show, this is the first Cirque du Soleil event where you get to see performers on top of the big top tent, weather permitting. 

 

As you approach the big tent you see performers on top. Photo: Peter Kachergis

 

Many of the other performers come out to mingle with the crowd as it drifts from outside to lobby to seats.

 

You get to see the exotic and beautiful costumes up close before the show, and grab a photo too for Instagram or beyond. Photo: Peter Kachergis

 

Opening night seemed to have the Who’s Who of Chicago influence makers in the cultural scene peppering the audience. 

 

Chicago performers in the crowd on opening night. Photo: Peter Kachergis

 

Peter Taub, Director of Performance Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art was enjoying the action with family and friends. Photo: Peter Kachergis

 

The wine flowed freely along with snacks.  

 

No place for sad sacks, Cirque du Soleil is the best ticket to be found to smiles and gee whiz wonder. 

 

The set evokes the beginning of phonographs, electricity and how magical the early industrial age was. Photo: Peter Kachergis

 

You can enjoy the magic of this show now through September 20, 2015.

 

Performed under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at the United Center parking lot, 1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago.

 

For tickets visit the Kurios page of the Cirque du Soleil website or call -877-924-7783.

 

 

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