Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cirque Du Soleil: Kurios in San Francisco

Before the show: View from my seat. Yes, we actually sat in the first row.
My lovely wife gave me tickets for Cirque Du Soleil's performance of "Kurios" in San Francisco for my birthday. After an excellent dinner at Walzwerk, we headed down to Mission Bay.

Props and Costumes had a strong steam punk influence
As with many Cirque shows the story is quite fantastical, following the adventures of a somewhat looney inventor. Decorations, props, and many of the costumes have a strong steam punk influence. There were several little technical gizmos that moved around, or made sounds, or both. So much fun.

Intermission: Right-hand power thingy
What sets this one apart though were the lovable characters, and how the artists pulled the audience in. You could feel the anticipation of tough parts, the joy of getting them right, the laughter at funny passages, and the worry about acrobats way up near the top of the Big Chapeau as they perform.  

Intermission: Left-hand music thingy
I didn't bother taking photos during the show. My smartphone camera wouldn't capture the atmosphere anyway, and I didn't want to miss a moment.  Whether it was the trampoline artists, contortions, the invisible circus, balancing acts, wild music, or an upside-down world where a tower of chairs gets built up and down.
The many details surrounding the artist's performances were always worth a second look, too.

Start of second half: Left-hand and right-hand thingies together across the stage
We had a great time last night. With Amaluna, which we saw last year, Kurios is one of the better traveling Cirque shows. Much better than we expected.

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