Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities @ Ontario Place-Thurs., April 14th, 2022
Photography By Nicholas Chan and BKONTHESCENE
It was opening night for Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities also known as Kurios. The story follows a late 19th-century world inventor who created a machine that defies the laws of time, space, and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him with steampunk elements.
Kurios is a touring Cirque du Soleil production conceived and directed by Michel Laprise. Kurios premiered on April, 24, 2014 in Montreal.
The set and props used in Kurios are inspired by steampunk and retro-future. The set makes several references to the industrial revolution and early 19th century without it being tied to that period. Set designer Stéphane Roy describes it as, “It’s like Jules Verne meets Thomas Edison in an alternate reality, out of time.”
The musical score for Kurios was composed by Raphaël Beau in collaboration with Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard (also known as Bob and Bill). It is a fusion of jazz and electro swing.
The characters in Kurios are:
The Seeker: A scientist who creates a machine to travel to different worlds, dimensions, and times.
The Curiosistanians: Inhabitants of the country Curiosistan.
Nico The Accordion Man: Handyman to The Seeker, Nico is shy, awkward, and sensitive.
Mr. Microcosmos: Leader of the three, Mr. Microcosmos, he represent technological progress.
Klara The Telegraph of The Invisible: Klara can receive alpha waves through her hoop skirt. She represents the obsession with technological communication during the 19th century.
Mini Lili: Representative of Mr. Microcosmos unconscious mind, and his artistic side.
The Kurios: Made from recycled scrap metal, The Kurios serve as assistants to The Seeker. These include the Kurios Winch and the Kurios Plunger.
Since most of the performances are done on independent structures, it gave tthe audience more focus on the acts performing on the structures. The wooden floors of Kurios’ stage and the panels of wood were made from silicone from molds made from century old planks. Many of the stage and structures were made from recycled parts from various junkyards and fused together with various pipes and tubes.
The 2 1/2 hour set with intermission was:
Chaos Synchro 1900 (Juggling/Drums):
Russian Cradle Duo:
Clown Act: The Invisible Circus:
Upside Down World (Balancing on Chairs):
Clown Act: The Couch
Theater of Hands:
We would like to thank Tran Nguyen, Centric PR for the invitation to this event.