I’ve lived in Calgary for ten years, and by my count, Cirque du Soleil has come here five times. Maybe six. But they come to town enough that some Calgarians might be asking themselves “So how’s this show different than the rest?”

The truth is, I’m not envious of Cirque du Soleil, because while their particular brand of show is still incredibly fun to watch, in this fast-paced world, people are demanding more and more all the time, there seems to be more and more pressure to entertain like never before. Audiences want it to be bigger, brighter, more daring and more entertaining. Appeasing an increasingly hungry audience can be tricky for a company that essentially puts the lives of their employees on the line at every performance.

So, to the people who may have seen a few Cirque shows and wonder if this one is worth it? To me, Kurious was a welcome reinvention of the Cirque du Soleil brand that harkens back to the classic days of the circus, except, you know, without the animals.

The dark tones (both in theme and colour), the nuanced performances and the particular strange brand of humour, make this my favourite Cirque show yet. And when I say strange brand of humour, this show is perhaps the strangest. The whole thing felt like the most professional and well-put together fringe show I’ve ever seen, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Kurios is a steampunk spectacular, my eyes didn’t know where to look half the time. And I mean that as a compliment. Because while much of the show was focused on the star performers, there’s more on the stage to watch than just them. All the tents nooks and crannies feature their own performances, jokes and surprises.

If you’ve hummed and haa’d about going to Kurios, whether it’s your first show or your sixth, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Although if it’s your first Cirque show, there’s no way you won’t be amazed. There’s nothing like your first time. But if you’ve seen a few shows, I think this one will stay with you longer than most. If you’re curious about Kurios, I implore you to feed that curiosity, you’ll be happy that you did.

Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios – Cabinet of Curiositiesâ„¢ plays at Stampede Park until May 24th: Ticket info!

ps. Do you guys remember when I auditioned for Cirque Du Soleil?  It did not go well.

Mike Morrison


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