Cirque du Soleil rolls into Chicago with its steampunk-themed Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. Performances run August 6 through September 20 at the United Center.
The show revolves around an inventor and his wunderkammer, the titular cabinet of curiosities. He “defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him.” The inventor reveals an Invisible Circus and an Upside Down World. The show aims to disorient and delight, asking the question, “Is it real, or just a figment of my imagination?”
Characters include the Chaos Synchro 1900 in which eccentrics from the 19th century disembark from a locomotive, an acrobatic Aviator on a rola bola, the Accordion Man, contorting electrical eels, and a set of hands narrating a story projected onto a hot air balloon.
Tickets start at $35. They are available at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/kurios/tickets/chicago.aspx.
Cirque du Soleil offers an online personality quiz to find your matching character at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/kurios/extras/quiz-who-are-you.aspx?cid=osm:kur_multi_2014:kurios_quizz:facebook.com:ac061|kurios-quizz-share:bas:cds.
With Kurios, the show marks Cirque du Soleil’s thirty-fifth production since 1984. It looks to an alternate past to invigorate imagination.