Cirque du Soleil unveiled today in Montreal its new production: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™, written and directed by Michel Laprise and presented by Desjardins. The show will be performed under the Big Top in Montréal’s Old Port starting April 24, 2014, and in the Port of Quebec City as of July 24 before moving to Ontario for an August 28 – October 5 run at The Toronto Port Lands.
ABOUT THE SHOW
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 lie waiting. 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. What if by engaging our imagination and opening our minds we could unlock the door to a world of wonders?
Lead by Michel Laprise, an actor turned director who joined Cirque du Soleil in 2000, he spent five years as a Talent Scout before taking on, in 2006, the role of Special Events Designer. In that capacity, he directed the Cirque du Soleil performance event celebrating Quebec City’s 400th anniversary (2008) and the launch of Microsoft’s Kinect console at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, broadcast on MTV, among many others. 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, currently on tour in Europe.
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. The company, which celebrates 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.