The latest edition of Cirque du Soleil premiered last night in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium and it was spectacle like I have never seen. Audiences have come to expect exacting acrobatic perfection from the Canadian circus, but Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities sends the show to a completely new and gloriously disorienting world. The turn-of-the-20th-century industrial style show features props and costumes (designed by Philippe Guillotel) that are so gorgeous it would be a disservice to just label them Steampunk. The beautiful palette of leather and brass recalls the production design of fantasies like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Hugo.
We want more and more audacity from the troupe and we are not disappointed. Look for a magnificent flying machine, performers hidden inside of other performers, and a tea party madder than Lewis Carroll could imagine. Mini Lili on her candlestick phone still haunts me. There are moments that feel cut-and-pasted from previous cirques (aren’t those flying strongmen in every show?) and the clown segments go on forever, but your mind will still be blown.
Experiencing a cavalcade of dead technology while seated between Elon Musk and Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley pleased me to no end. This is a great show. Kurios is over the top under the big top.