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If no one has noticed this is the second time that Cirque has updated the Kurios Page there are two new characters introduced the woman in the black dress is Klara and and bug looking thing is Kurios

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I'ts good to see Ekaterina Pirogovskaya (former Violet character in IRIS) in Cirque again. She's Klara.

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@trapezedevil I thought she looked familiar!

Cirque Shows Seen: Alegria, Amaluna, Kooza, Kurios (2), Luzia (2), Michael Jackson: Immortal, Quidam, Varekai

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Hard to see but there's a glimpse of an elaborate skirt on her. I personally would not mind if they brought back the spinning film real design for her!

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I, too, find the teasers and minor updates very fascinating. Although, I'm wondering at what point they will release the types of acts or a little bit more of the story/plot. I always worry when things seem to be piling up last minute when it comes to a new CdS show. PS - I'm so glad to have found this community! I've been having withdrawal since CirqueTribune closed down.

Anyone else seeing this when it opens? I'm heading up to Montreal April 24th and will be there for the Friday night performance in VIP Rouge (what ever happened to the term Tapis Rouge?...)

Looking forward to many happy years of Cirque chat :-)

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I think you'll probably find the reason more details aren't released yet is because the show is constantly going through creative flux. Until it hits premiere date, anything can change, and that change could be drastic. So, rather than have to backtrack on what they've released, they release very little. If patterns hold, we should be getting more information within the next couple of weeks, although maybe not full press documentations until after premiere...

I'll be there on Saturday the 26th through Monday the 28th, seeing the show with a group on Saturday. Might see it again, dunno. Just looking forward to a vacation. ;)

As far as Tapis Rouge goes, I think most people didn't understand that Tapis Rouge meant "Red Carpet", hence you'd get a red carpet experience. To "dumb it down", Cirque changed the name to "VIP Rouge", which makes absolutely no sense at all.

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I'll be there Friday night also with VIP Rouge tickets! Hope to see and meet other Cirque fans at the show! I've seen a lot on twitter and instagram from some of the cast and crew for the show. Several artists posting some of their rehearsals and the like. One pic from a band member of the band area and stage with the large gear proscenium opening. Can't wait to see the show!

Edit: I just saw a post that tonight was the famous "Lions den" performance. Hope things went well for everyone.

 

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Cirque is posting this morning several pics from the GC and the stage. The press conference is today and we may get to see some details of the show. A few pics with things on stage too. https://twitter.com/Cirque/status/454638594255511554

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZd3gogy9dw

Video of some of the acts from the press conference

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Korean Cradle and Juggling.
Solo Korean cradle is an interesting idea for an act, haven't seen something like that in awhile. It's definitely very interesting looking, and the music doesn't sound half bad so far.

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An article about the press conference which refers to a Rola Bola act performed in the air: http://globalnews.ca/news/1266047/kurios-steampunk-meets-rolla-bolla-for...

Article from the Montreal Gazette: http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2014/04/11/cirque-du-soleils-kurios-a-g...

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Korean Craddle looks good, juggling seems ok, and damn, that Rola Bola act seems deadly.

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I must be in the minority because the Korean Cradle looks boring to me. Sure it was cool when she flipped the first two times. I wonder how that act will be for a full 6 minutes.

Cirque Shows Seen: Alegria, Amaluna, Kooza, Kurios (2), Luzia (2), Michael Jackson: Immortal, Quidam, Varekai

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While I agree that Korean Cradle does look a bit boring (wouldn't it be better if they had two of them and tossed people in between them like in Nouvelle Experience?) artistically I think this show looks great. Not to mention that it has a huge load of background action visual overload goodness.

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Another article and photos from the press conference http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/04/11/cirque-du-soleil-kurios_n_513...

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The woman who hands the juggler a club looks like one of the former Zarkana Banquine performers and I recognise the woman in the back seat of the plane. I think she is a former Zarkana/Viva Elvis/Les Chemins Invisibles (most recent chapter) performer so perhaps we have a Banquine act? Hopefully so!

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Oh sorry to triple post. Forgot to say that Andrii Bondarenko (formerly of Quidam's Banquine act and back-up Target) is performing 'Handbalancing' in Kurios according to his facebook.

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I think it's really going to be a nice show. Love the style and music.

 

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More footage from the Press Conference: http://globalnews.ca/video/1266642/curious-about-kurios

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Rola Bola looks INSANE!! Looking forward to seeing that act :)

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Kurios opens in 4 days, hopefully we can have another good Cirque show again. This one is certainly looking promising.

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So far it looks like there's a Banquine act and a contortion act straight from Iris.

Cirque Shows Seen: Alegria, Amaluna, Kooza, Kurios (2), Luzia (2), Michael Jackson: Immortal, Quidam, Varekai

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Wikipedia has a full list of acts but I'm not sure how reliable it is

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The list of acts according to Wikipedia:
Juggling, Russian Cradle, Aerial Bike, Contortion, Balancing on Chairs, Rola Bola, Acro Net, Hands Puppetery
, Straps Act, and Banquine
Definitely a diverse lineup compared to some of the other more basic circus fair found in other cirque shows. Juggling, contortion, straps, and banquine are pretty regular for cirque. The rest are definitely some disciplines we don't get to see as often, especially Hand Puppets and "Aerial Bike"?

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I have loved what I've seen of the costumes. The contortion act is the same choreography as Iris but staged on a huge mechanical hand. Their costumes are of electric eels. The banquine costumes are that of sailors and there's a folksy feel to the music and choreo like when they did les chemines invisibles. Thought Andri Bondarenko is doing hand balancing on canes? Or maybe he's the chair artist. Can't wait to see more official info.

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KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities - Costumes

COSTUMES – THE CURIOUS ATTIRE OF A HYBRID WORLD
A fitting tribute to the power of the human imagination, the costumes of KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities are the result of a visual exploration of the beginnings of science, of the discoveries and inventions that led to the industrial revolution of the 19th Century – from the steam locomotive to electrical power to electromagnetic waves. They embody and celebrate the advancements of science, but in an imaginary, parallel world. While the visual references may seem self-evident, the show’s curious yet familiar characters and costumes transport the audience to a time suspended somewhere between past and future, in an alternate reality, as if science had evolved without the internal combustion engine and as if the golden age of the steam engine had continued on, uninterrupted.
Hybrid forms and oversized shapes
The costumes of the Visitors from another world (Mr. Microcosmos, Klara and Nico) are the result of unusual blends and odd associations: e.g. the attire of the Seeker Assistants (the Kurios) – oddball half-human, half-mechanical characters built from scraps and recycled parts by their ingenuous and ingenious creator.
Costume Designer Philippe Guillotel explored unusual shapes that have affinities with the costumes of the Bauhaus or of Alfred Jarry’s Father Ubu to create startling and often amusing characters.
Mr. Microcosmos – The “bigger is better” ethos that drives the retro-futuristic aesthetic of the show is on the opposite side of the spectrum of the miniaturization that characterizes the electronic era. A case in point is the costume of the potbellied Mr. Microcosmos. “He’s like a mechanical Obelix [from the cartoon characters Asterix & Obelix], but instead of holding a tiny dog in his arms, he lugs around a small lady in his belly wherever he goes, and he’s hardly aware of it,” says Guillotel.
Mr. Microcosmos carries Mini Lili, his intuitive counterpart, inside his costume using a sling not unlike a baby carrier. Antanina Satsura, the artist who plays Mini Lili, is one-meter tall and weighs 18 kg. She lives inside her host’s overcoat. Through the door in Mr. Microcosmos’ belly, we can see the furnished interior of Mini Lili’s quarters, which include an armchair, a chandelier as well as other essentials of a Victorian home. At the beginning of the show, an extension of Mr. Microcosmos’ coat unfolds into a locomotive out of which emerge a swarm of travelers from the 19th Century.
Nico the Accordion Man – Nico’s accordion costume allows him to bend way down or stand way up so he can be at eye level with absolutely everyone. His pants are folded like a piece of origami from an unwoven textile (like the material normally used in shoe lining) and are inspired by the darkrooms that were part of early cameras.
Klara the telegraph of the invisible – Klara wears an antenna skirt made of hula-hoop-type rings. By swiveling round and pointing her apparatus in various directions, she can receive invisible electromagnetic waves. Her hoop skirt is inspired by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and is shaped like early parabolic antennas. The print on her leotard evokes electrical circuits and connections.
Transformed basic materials
Philippe Guillotel chose five of six main materials that he used extensively and in all possible forms. For example, the collars, certain parts of the Travelers’ costumes and the upper half of the Accordion Man’s costume are made from a stretch material to which metal foil was added. This comfortable and washable material makes it easy to create very realistic imitation leather. The images on the metalized polyester jersey fabric are actually photos that were printed using a technique called sublimation, which fixes the images in the fibers of the material.
3D printing was also used to create volumes that seem heavy but are in fact as light as they are tough and durable. This technique was used for the props held by the artists who carry the hats and clouds. The clouds per se are made of thermally molded pieces of Plastazote (polyethylene foam).
Costume Close-ups
During the Russian cradle duo act, the costumes worn by the two “mechanical dancers” that emerge from the box like Fabergé jewels evoke a pair of wax dolls. The cut is inspired by early sportswear and vintage circus costumes. The materials, however, are quite modern and highly sophisticated (velour effects and imitation leather cuts in gold).
The costumes in the acro-net act are an allusion to the way film director Georges Méliès imagined Martians; hence the scales as well as the fin and fishtail grafts.
The rola-bola specialist wears a gold-lined, translucent aqua-colored overcoat. The fabric is reminiscent of the first plastics such as Bakelite and Rhodoid.
To make the Accordion Man’s attire, the costume-maker spent an entire week sewing inside the costume!
More than a hundred costumes were created to dress the cast.

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KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities - Set Design

SET DESIGN
The set design of KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities puts the spectator in a well-defined place: the curio cabinet of a Seeker filled with unusual objects collected on his travels. Set in what could be called a retro-future, the scenic environment makes several references to the beginning of the industrial revolution during the 19th Century without being tied to that period. “It’s like Jules Verne meets Thomas Edison in an alternate reality, out of time,” explains Set Designer Stéphane Roy.
In this parallel reality, it is the steam engine and not the internal combustion engine that reigns supreme. The set evokes the start of the industrialization era, but as if science and technology had evolved differently and progress had taken on a more human dimension.
An alternate poetic reality
The performance space is dominated by two structures called “cabinets;” one explores the topic of sound and the other, the topic of electricity. Built by the Seeker using scraps and pieces collected over time, the two large towers also serve a “wave sensors” made from miscellaneous components such as gramophones, old typewriters, electrical bulbs and turbines. In actual fact, these objects were salvaged from junkyards then dismantled, amalgamated, given a patina and joined together using tubes and pipes.
The two cabinets are attached to the main arch – another wave sensor – that dominates the stage. The opening at the centre, at the back of the stage, evokes the mouth of a railroad tunnel through a mountain; it is mainly through this opening that artists move in and out of the spotlight and that equipment and props are taken on and off the stage.
The show is a tribute to imagination and curiosity. This makeshift mechanical world celebrates the coming together of pre-existing objects. “All these objects – the bugle, the typewriter – come with their own history and it is from their association that a new meaning emerges,” says Roy. “Further proof that the who is greater than the sum of its parts.”
The Mechanical Hand
A huge steampunk-inspired mechanical hand appears during the show either as a character or as a performance structure. Operated by two artists using a pedal and gear mechanism, the all-fiberglass hand is an automaton built from various parts that look like wood, metal, marble and iron. In the Set Designer’s mind, the Seeker built the hand with rare objects collected on his travels: a wooden finger found in Sienna during the Renaissance, a nail picked up in a Greek temple, and so on. The mechanical hand is a paragon of the DIY (do it yourself) ethos and evokes the richness and the materials from the era of the greatest scientific discoveries. It is on this hand that the contortion act and the “Hands Continent” scene unfold.
Autonomous structures
For greater emphasis on the performance, every act in the show is presented on an independent structure – a module or a promontory – integrated into the set design. The stage was lowered 35 cm and a bank was installed all around the stage (the bank is a 60-cm-wide raised walkway on which two rails are installed for transporting various props).
Presented on their separate, distinct structures, the acts in the show represent the curios that jump to life inside the Seeker’s workshop. During the Russian cradle duo act, for instance, a giant leather chest opens up to reveal, encased in sumptuous Moroccan cushions, two characters that look like mechanical dolls. Another example: the aerial straps artists perform on a gigantic “drop of mercury” made entirely of fiberglass and covered in silver leaf.
A “real” imitation wooden floor
Building the stage floor presented a real technical challenge. To create the impression of a real wooden floor, a 3D finish was produced. Silicone was poured onto century-old planks of wood to produce a mold into which varnish was poured. A total of 26 coats of paint and clear varnish were applied alternately to give the wood its rich finish.
Set Design Close-ups
The mechanical hand weighs 340 kg and measures 4.6 m by 2.1 m.
The train in the “Chaos Synchro” act extends out from Mr. Microcosmos’ costume over a distance of 19 m. The train’s structure is all aluminum and the outer shell is made out of a mostly vinyl canvas. Fiberglass mosquito screen was used for the windows.
Standing 3.5-meters tall, the Seeker’s chair is decorated with recycled pieces of metal.
The hot-air balloon used in the “Hands Continent” scene is made of fabric and has a built-in blower system. It serves as a projection screen 4.3 m in diameter. The gondola is made of metal and tulle.
The turbine at the back of the stage behind which the musicians are installed is made of thermally molded plastic over a metal structure.
The tarpaulin at the back of the stage is made of 680 m2 of fabric that was given a patina.

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Is the banquine the same team from Zed.

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