Mar 30, 2018

KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities (by Cirque du Soleil)

KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities  (by Cirque du Soleil) photo

I recently had the good fortune to be given a ticket to see Cirque du Soleil's touring production of KURIOS.  The show did not disappoint.  It was amazing to see the "magic" performed by the very talented ensemble.  The music, performed live, was amazing, as well.

It is the second time I have seen a Cirque du Soleil production at Odaiba Big Top.  I went when the touring production of Ovo was out in Odaiba a few years ago.  Before going that first time, I had only heard that Cirque du Soleil was  was a type of circus, so I pictured PT Barnum, or the smaller circuses that toured when I was growing up in America, the ones with the elephants and the sawdust covering the ground.  I was, of course, very mistaken, mostly.  There are no animals, and no sawdust anywhere.  What there were were some very talented performers who put on amazing acts, including a contortion act, a trampoline-like act, and a Rola-Bola act set loosely within a fantastic (as in fantasy) story.

I wish I could have captured some of that to add to this post to show what the performance was like, but pictures, as is the case in theatre, are strictly prohibited.  Unfortunately, I do not have the words to accurately capture the acts and the sense of wonder I felt as I watched them.  There were some very funny sections mixed in, too.

 A brief video can be watched here.  It will give you a better idea of what you may see if you go.

In addition to the show itself, the entrance had some items from the show on display, a concession stand and there were the souvenir shops selling chocolate, t-shirts, and other items as well. 

KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities  (by Cirque du Soleil) photo

In the entrance

KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities  (by Cirque du Soleil) photo

one of three souvenir shops

Tickets are not cheap, but if you have the time and funds, I think this is an experience well worth it!

I considered putting this in with the reviews, however, given its limited run in Tokyo, and the fact it will move on to 4 other cities, have chosen to blog it.  I would, however, give it a full, enthusiastic five stars!

The website with more information and to order tickets is here: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios

The show is in Tokyo through July 8, 2018 at Odaiba Big Top.  After Tokyo, it will be in Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Sendai. Ticket prices start at ¥6,500, but most seats cost ¥12,500 for one adult.



I am a hiker, walker, and abundant photo-taker. After spending my first many years in Japan in Tochigi, I relocated to Tokyo at the end of 2012. I love visiting the numerous temples, shrines, castles, and former castles that can be found in the mountains, rural areas, and tucked away within cities.