The largest theatrical producer in the world, Cirque du Soleil returns to Singapore, presenting KURIOS at Marina Bay. The Canadian entertainment company is famous for their combination of thrilling acrobatic performance with the art of clowning, bringing forth a modern circus entertainment experience for the whole family. I have watched several of their shows when they performed in Singapore and so far, they never disappoint.
Presented in the intimate setting of Cirque Du Soleil’s signature Big Tops, Kooza has been seen by millions of people around the world as it celebrates the greatest inventions of the 19th century. Audience members are transported into the Curio Cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimensions in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible become invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is turned upside down.
The invention narrative cleverly wraps the assortment of acrobatic and comedic performances together. The steampunk-inspired costumes and sets further enhance the visual effects to present a world-class show, transporting the audience into the world of the inventor’s Curio Cabinet.
There’s never a dull moment from start till end and here are five reasons you should head down and catch the show while it’s showing at Marina Bay in Singapore.
1. Modern circus experience
A big top circus featuring animal performances and freak shows are things of the pass now, thanks to better understanding on animal cruelty and the humiliation faced by the human ‘freaks’ who are usually people born with birth defects or other forms of deformity.
Acrobatic performances are still being enjoyed though, as inspirations to what the human mind and body can achieve when it’s trained to perfection. The Cirque du Soleil brings you a wholesome big top circus entertainment which make circus still relevant in this modern world.
2. Thrilling acrobatic displays
The acrobatic performances put forward in KURIOS are curated from among the world’s bests.Without giving away too much of the show, highlights include a group of contortionists, hand puppeteers, a lady on a flying bicycle, trapeze artists, an invisible circus, among many others:
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There is never a dull moment when watching Kurios by @cirquedusoleil. The signature Big Tops are up at Marina Bay and the artistic troupe is back to you the best in thrilling acrobatic performances, glitzy costumes, funny skits and a world-class show choreography to wrap everything into a holistic piece. Review on Alvinology.com. Don’t miss it! #cirquedusoleil #kurios #kurioscirquedusoleil #bigtop #acrobatics
I hear the audience gasping so many times and heaving huge sigh of relieves when they witness the acrobats successful complete their most thrilling stunts. I particularly like the plot twist for the dinner segment which ended up with the diners stacking up the chairs to reach for a floating chandelier.
3. Laugh till you drop
I am sure all of us have come across bad comedians and clowns. Although the really good clowns make it all seem so effortless to get the audience laughing and falling off their seats, comic timing is something which requires years of experience and training. The clowning crew at KURIOS are the bests of the bests and are able to keep the mood of the audience high and happy right from the beginning till the end. They are so good that they can get away with an ‘invisible circus’ featuring non-existing animals.
4. You have to see at least one Cirque du Soleil in your lifetime…
and if you have already seen one previously, you would understand why you would need to catch it again. My first Cirque du Soleil experience was watching Totem in 2015, also at Marina Bay in Singapore. I got hooked after that and told myself I have to see it again if they are performing here again.
5. Beautifully choreographed
I have seen many other acrobatic performances from my travels to different parts of the world and onboard cruise ships. Sometimes, the skills of standalone acrobats are comparable or even better than the performers at Cirque du Soleil, but the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. What’s so enjoyable about any Cirque du Soleil show is the choreography and the narrative that weaves all the performances together. There’s never a dull moment and each act is played out to milk the most thrill, suspense or laughter.
There’s a reason why they have a live band and singer for the acoustic instead of using pre-recorded sound effects – so that the music can match to the performances with perfect tempo. The attention to details is astonishing.