Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Here at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows, we're absolutely elated that after a 4 year hiatus, Cirque du Soleil is BACK in Chicago with their iconic blue and gold striped tent. They remain the gold standard in touring circus arts shows today, and we can't wait to review KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities on opening night this Thursday! ChiIL Mama will be there... will YOU?! 

KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities premiered to the world in Montréal in April 2014 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production. Since its debut, the critics have been raving: 

“KURIOS is Cirque du Soleil's strongest act in years…one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on a stage” (Toronto Star)  

"KURIOS is the best Cirque du Soleil show in a long time.” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

Then check back like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often for our reviews, news, interviews and coverage of KURIOS in Chicago! 

Tickets for KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities in Chicago range in price from $35 - $145. To purchase pre-sale tickets, existing Cirque Club members can visit cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or call 1-800-450-1480. Tickets to the general public are available beginning Friday, June 19 by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or calling 1-877-9 CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783).  In order to guarantee the best seats, patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets early.   

The general public can take advantage of the pre-sale offer by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueclub to sign up for complimentary Cirque Club membership; giving members advance access to the best seats under the Big Top, deals and discounts for tickets, promotions with Cirque  partners and a chance to experience never before seen exclusive Cirque du Soleil content.

Sponsors and partners
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities in Chicago is proud to be presented by Visa Signature, in association with United Mileage Plus. We also gratefully acknowledge our official sponsors Xerox and DHL.

Social Media
Find us on Facebook or Twitter: @Cirque #Kurios

Cirque du Soleil
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. The company, who celebrated 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.

Michel Laprise
Michel Laprise worked in theatre for nine years as an actor, director and artistic director before joining Cirque du Soleil in 2000. At Cirque du Soleil, Michel spent five years as a talent scout before taking on, in 2006, the role of Special Events Designer. In that capacity, he directed the act with Quebec diva Diane Dufresne during the Opening Ceremonies of the Montreal 2006 Outgames; the large-scale performance event created for the launch of the Fiat Bravo in Italy (2007); the Cirque du Soleil performance event celebrating Quebec City’s 400th anniversary (2008); the launch of Microsoft’s Kinect console at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, broadcast on MTV; the opening show at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Russia in 2009; and the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 FIBA International Basketball Federation World Championships in Istanbul. 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.

Here at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows we adore the Steampunk aesthetic, gears, circus arts, and of course Cirque du Soleil, so we're extra stoked to see Kurios!



Due to overwhelming advance ticket sales, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities will be performing under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison Street, August 6 through September 20, 2015.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com

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