Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cirque du Soleil Will Return to DC Area with Kurios

(Photo: Martin Girard,; Costumes: Philippe Guillotel)  ©2014 Cirque du Soleil

From our friends at Cirque du Soleil...

Cirque du Soleil Returns to Washington This Summer with Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities

Pre-sale tickets available on February 1st for Cirque Club members! General public tickets available beginning February 12th

Cirque du Soleil returns to the Washington, DC area in 2016 with its newest acclaimed touring show, KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities proudly presented by Visa Signature, in association with United MileagePlus. KURIOS will premiere under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top on July 21st, 2016. Access to the best seats and prices are available for existing Cirque Club members starting on February 1st. Visit to sign up for a complimentary membership. Cirque Club members receive advance access to the best seats under the Big Top, deals and discounts for tickets, promotions with our partners and a chance to experience never-before-seen exclusive Cirque du Soleil content. Tickets will be available for purchase to the general public beginning February 12th, 2016 by visiting or calling 1(877) 9-CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783.) Tickets range from $39-$170.

KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities had its world premiere in Montréal in April 2014 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production. Since its debut, the critics have been raving across North America: Cirque du Soleil has come roaring back with KURIOS - a dazzling, hyper-detailed, potent, quixotic and generally fantastic show that reveals this extraordinary artistic company’s singular capacity for exploration and metamorphosis.  It is not to be missed on any account,” said Chris Jones in The Chicago Tribune. “KURIOS is the most enthralling, consistently over-the-top magical show Cirque du Soleil has sent our way in a long time,” raved Robert Hurwitt in The San Francisco Chronicle. “KURIOS is the most joyous piece of theater I’ve seen in years and it will lift your spirits to the stars,” said Richard Ouzounian in The Toronto Star. And Misha Berson in The Seattle Times raved, “KURIOS thrills in a splendidly captivating new show.” The Los Angeles Times made it a Critic’s Choice.

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes.

In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world - a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

About Michel Laprise:
Michel Laprise worked in theatre for nine years as an actor, director and artistic director before joining Cirque du Soleil in 2000. At Cirque du Soleil, Michel spent five years as a talent scout before taking on, in 2006, the role of Special Events Designer. In that capacity, he directed the act with Quebec diva Diane Dufresne during the Opening Ceremonies of the Montreal 2006 Outgames; the large-scale performance event created for the launch of the Fiat Bravo in Italy (2007); the Cirque du Soleil performance event celebrating Quebec City’s 400th anniversary (2008); the launch of Microsoft’s Kinect console at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, broadcast on MTV; the opening show at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Russia in 2009; and the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 FIBA International Basketball Federation World Championships in Istanbul. In 2012, Michel collaborated with pop star Madonna, providing artistic direction for her performance at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show; he later went on to direct her MDNA tour. In 2013, he directed the musical Robin des Bois - Ne renoncez jamais which toured in Europe.

Creative Team:
The creative team of KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities consists of 17 creators under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté (Guide) and Jean-François Bouchard (Creative Guide):

Michel Laprise - Writer and Director
Chantal Tremblay - Director of Creation
Stéphane Roy - Set and Props Designer
Philippe Guillotel - Costume Designer
Raphaël Beau - Composer and Musical Director
Bob & Bill - Composers and Musical Directors
Yaman Okur - Choreographer
Ben Potvin - Choreographer
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - Choreographer
Susan Gaudreau - Choreographer
Andrea Ziegler - Choreographer
Jacques Boucher - Sound Designer
Jean-Michel Caron - Sound Designer
Martin Labrecque - Lighting Designer
Rob Bollinger - Acrobatic Performance Designer
Germain Guillemot - Acrobatic Performance Designer
Boris Verkhovsky - Acrobatic Performance Designer
Danny Zen - Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer
Eleni Uranis - Makeup Designer

Sponsors and Partners:
KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities in Washington is proud to be presented by Visa Signaturein association with United MileagePlus. We also gratefully acknowledge our official sponsors DHL, ACTIVEON Action Camera as well as Affiliate Partner MEXICO.

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About Cirque du Soleil:
KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. The company, who celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

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