Vancouverites​ ​know​ ​that​ ​fall​ ​is​ ​in​ ​the​ ​air​ ​when​ ​the​ ​leaves​ ​scatter​ ​across​ ​our​ ​many​ ​parks,​ ​the summer​ ​sunshine​ ​shares​ ​space​ ​with​ ​light​ ​mists,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​spectacular​ ​tent​ ​structures​ ​of Cirque​ ​Du​ ​Soleil​ ​begin​ ​to​ ​rise​ ​along​ ​False​ ​Creek.

Kurios:​ ​Cabinet​ ​of​ ​Curiosities,​ ​Cirque​ ​Du​ ​Soleil’s​ ​35th​ ​production,​ ​has​ ​landed​ ​at​ ​Concord Pacific​ ​Place​ ​in​ ​Vancouver​ ​for​ ​a​ ​show​ ​run​ ​that​ ​will​ ​last​ ​until​ ​December​ ​30th,​ ​2017.​ ​​ ​This mind-bending​ ​show​ ​of​ ​oddities​ ​felt​ ​like​ ​one​ ​part​ ​circus,​ ​one​ ​part​ ​romantic​ ​comedy​ ​and​ ​one part​ ​brain​ ​freeze.​ ​​ ​I​ ​have​ ​always​ ​admired​ ​Cirque​ ​shows​ ​for​ ​taking​ ​me​ ​to​ ​imaginary​ ​places​ ​I never​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​visit.​ ​​ ​Kurios​ ​really​ ​takes​ ​us​ ​there.

We​ ​travel​ ​through​ ​the​ ​mind​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Seeker,​ ​a​ ​droll,​ ​loveable​ ​character​ ​who​ ​reminds​ ​me​ ​of​ ​a mad​ ​scientist​ ​who​ ​is​ ​shy​ ​and​ ​mischievous.​ ​​ ​Through​ ​his​ ​eyes,​ ​we​ ​watch​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the impossible​ ​become​ ​possible​ ​through​ ​acrobatics,​ ​optical​ ​illusions​ ​and​ ​comedy.​ ​​ ​His​ ​parade​ ​of wild​ ​and​ ​exuberant​ ​characters​ ​tickle​ ​every​ ​funny​ ​bone,​ ​and​ ​tug​ ​at​ ​our​ ​heart​ ​strings​ ​with​ ​the help​ ​of​ ​a​ ​emotional​ ​orchestral​ ​backdrop.

Kurios​ ​is​ ​stunning​ ​in​ ​so​ ​many​ ​ways,​ ​but​ ​here​ ​are​ ​the​ ​5​ ​outstanding​ ​reasons​ ​I​ ​found​ ​to experience​ ​Kurios​ ​for​ ​yourself.

1. SPECTACULAR​ ​VIEWING​ ​LAYOUT

Acro-Net
Acro-Net – Photo Credit Martin Girard http://shootstudio.ca, costume credit Philippe Guillotel

Cirque​ ​du​ ​Soleil​ ​travels​ ​with​ ​a​ ​monster​ ​of​ ​a​ ​village​ ​that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​seen​ ​from​ ​miles​ ​away. Eye-catching,​ ​spiralling​ ​blue​ ​and​ ​yellow​ ​tents​ ​are​ ​surrounded​ ​by​ ​as​ ​many​ ​as​ ​65​ ​semi​ ​trucks, which​ ​creates​ ​their​ ​roving​ ​headquarters​ ​of​ ​offices,​ ​artistic​ ​and​ ​rehearsal​ ​tents,​ ​including​ ​the Big​ ​Top.​ ​​ ​The​ ​Big​ ​Top​ ​is​ ​the​ ​largest​ ​of​ ​all​ ​their​ ​structures,​ ​and​ ​has​ ​23​ ​flags​ ​greeting​ ​us​ ​at​ ​the entrance,​ ​which​ ​represent​ ​the​ ​nationalities​ ​of​ ​the​ ​performers​ ​in​ ​Kurios.

Inside​ ​the​ ​Big​ ​Top,​ ​where​ ​the​ ​show​ ​itself​ ​is​ ​presented,​ ​we​ ​enter​ ​to​ ​find​ ​stadium-like​ ​seating, which​ ​is​ ​surprisingly​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​navigate.​ ​​ ​Comfortable​ ​chairs,​ ​nice​ ​wide​ ​walkways​ ​and​ ​rows, and​ ​a​ ​temperature​ ​control​ ​that​ ​kept​ ​us​ ​comfortable​ ​all​ ​night.​ ​​ ​The​ ​engineers​ ​were​ ​very thoughtful​ ​with​ ​their​ ​audience​ ​sightlines,​ ​as​ ​there​ ​are​ ​not​ ​many​ ​seats​ ​for​ ​the​ ​show​ ​where your​ ​view​ ​is​ ​anything​ ​less​ ​that​ ​spectacular.

We​ ​saw​ ​the​ ​show​ ​twice,​ ​once​ ​from​ ​a​ ​front​ ​centre​ ​seat,​ ​and​ ​once​ ​from​ ​a​ ​more​ ​angled​ ​seat further​ ​back.​ ​​ ​Each​ ​vantage​ ​point​ ​offered​ ​unique​ ​perspectives​ ​on​ ​the​ ​mammoth​ ​staging​ ​and props​ ​that​ ​constantly​ ​dazzle​ ​the​ ​eyes.​ ​​ ​If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​choosing​ ​Premium​ ​seats,​ ​be​ ​prepared​ ​for the​ ​most​ ​immersive,​ ​captivating​ ​live​ ​performance​ ​you​ ​may​ ​see​ ​in​ ​your​ ​lifetime.​ ​​ ​The​ ​stage​ ​is built​ ​just​ ​below​ ​your​ ​eyeline,​ ​so​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​strained​ ​neck​ ​or​ ​difficulty​ ​seeing​ ​the​ ​back performance​ ​areas.​ ​​ ​It​ ​felt​ ​as​ ​though​ ​we​ ​were​ ​watching​ ​a​ ​bespoke​ ​performance​ ​created​ ​for our​ ​eyes​ ​only!​ ​​ ​Watching​ ​the​ ​show​ ​from​ ​further​ ​back​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Big​ ​Top,​ ​the​ ​stage’s​ ​horizon​ ​is wider​ ​and​ ​broader,​ ​allowing​ ​you​ ​to​ ​soak​ ​in​ ​more​ ​of​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​experience.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​golden, and​ ​we​ ​really​ ​appreciate​ ​Cirque​ ​giving​ ​everyone​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​feel​ ​proud​ ​of​ ​the​ ​seats​ ​they have​ ​chosen,​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​what​ ​our​ ​budgets​ ​may​ ​be.

2. AUDIENCE​ ​INTERACTION

Rola Bola
Rola Bola – Photo Credit Martin Girard http://shootstudio.ca, costume credit Philippe Guillotel

One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​memorable​ ​experiences​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Cirque​ ​evening​ ​is​ ​the​ ​continuous​ ​interaction with​ ​the​ ​audience.​ ​​ ​Performers​ ​are​ ​always​ ​popping​ ​up​ ​in​ ​the​ ​aisles​ ​and​ ​seating​ ​rows​ ​of​ ​the Big​ ​Top.​ ​​ ​The​ ​show​ ​immerses​ ​us​ ​in​ ​their​ ​camp​ ​and​ ​frivolity​ ​by​ ​allowing​ ​us​ ​into​ ​their​ ​eccentric world.​ ​​ ​It​ ​is​ ​this​ ​thoughtful​ ​magic​ ​that​ ​helps​ ​keep​ ​us​ ​on​ ​the​ ​edge​ ​of​ ​our​ ​seats,​ ​wondering​ ​who or​ ​what​ ​might​ ​appear​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​shadows.

Throughout​ ​the​ ​performance,​ ​we​ ​were​ ​treated​ ​to​ ​many​ ​exhilarating​ ​audience​ ​moments,​ ​like a​ ​clown​ ​projecting​ ​hand​ ​puppet​ ​performances​ ​on​ ​an​ ​audience​ ​member’s​ ​bald​ ​head.​ ​​ ​We found​ ​our​ ​eyes​ ​eagerly​ ​chasing​ ​an​ ​invisible​ ​beast​ ​around​ ​the​ ​tents.​ ​​ ​We​ ​saw​ ​clowns​ ​playing in​ ​buckets​ ​of​ ​popcorn,​ ​peeking​ ​out​ ​from​ ​behind​ ​pillars​ ​and​ ​inducing​ ​wild​ ​squeals​ ​of​ ​glee​ ​from children​ ​and​ ​adults​ ​alike.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​when​ ​we​ ​know​ ​good​ ​interactive​ ​comedy​ ​is​ ​written​ ​well, when​ ​the​ ​adults​ ​and​ ​children​ ​are​ ​all​ ​screaming​ ​with​ ​joy​ ​and​ ​surprise.​ ​​ ​Icing​ ​on​ ​the​ ​cake​ ​…​ ​it doesn’t​ ​matter​ ​what​ ​price​ ​level​ ​your​ ​tickets​ ​are,​ ​you​ ​will​ ​definitely​ ​be​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​action!

3. COSTUMES​ ​&​ ​PROPS

Aerial Straps
Aerial Straps – Photo Credit Martin Girard http://shootstudio.ca, costume credit Philippe Guillotel

Cirque​ ​du​ ​Soleil’s​ ​Kurios​ ​is​ ​a​ ​costuming​ ​extravaganza​ ​that​ ​is​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​please​ ​any​ ​fashionista! Luxurious​ ​fabrics​ ​create​ ​flowing​ ​dresses​ ​that​ ​cascade​ ​as​ ​the​ ​performers​ ​dance​ ​and​ ​sway.
Some​ ​of​ ​my​ ​favourite​ ​looks​ ​were​ ​during​ ​the​ ​Acro-Net​ ​and​ ​Contortion​ ​scenes,​ ​where​ ​men and​ ​women​ ​of​ ​all​ ​shapes​ ​and​ ​sizes​ ​soared​ ​to​ ​dizzying​ ​heights​ ​wearing​ ​a​ ​colourful​ ​fish illusion.​ ​​ ​What​ ​drew​ ​me​ ​most​ ​to​ ​these​ ​costumes​ ​was​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​translucent​ ​pleated​ ​fabrics that​ ​represented​ ​fins​ ​and​ ​gills.​ ​​ ​The​ ​placement​ ​of​ ​these​ ​fins​ ​creates​ ​exaggerated​ ​curvatures along​ ​their​ ​bodies,​ ​regardless​ ​of​ ​gender​ ​roles​ ​we​ ​normally​ ​stereotype.

Quite​ ​impressive​ ​are​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​fabric​ ​treating​ ​techniques​ ​that​ ​were​ ​used​ ​to​ ​create​ ​other unique​ ​illusions.​ ​​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​leather​ ​looks​ ​were​ ​created​ ​by​ ​adding​ ​foil​ ​and sublimated​ ​photos​ ​to​ ​a​ ​stretch​ ​fabric,​ ​giving​ ​our​ ​eyes​ ​a​ ​texture​ ​that​ ​seems​ ​heavy,​ ​but​ ​is actually​ ​flexible​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​performers​ ​to​ ​bend​ ​and​ ​fly​ ​with​ ​complete​ ​range​ ​of​ ​motion​ ​and comfort.

A​ ​fantastic​ ​costume​ ​creation​ ​to​ ​note​ ​is​ ​that​ ​of​ ​a​ ​character​ ​called​ ​Mr.​ ​Microcosmos,​ ​who​ ​you will​ ​see​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​show.​ ​​ ​He​ ​carries​ ​a​ ​large​ ​belly​ ​that​ ​looks​ ​like​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​iron​ ​submarine end.​ ​​ ​Inside​ ​the​ ​tummy​ ​submarine​ ​of​ ​his​ ​overcoat​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Victorian​ ​designed​ ​home​ ​of​ ​a​ ​small character,​ ​Mini​ ​Lili,​ ​who​ ​is​ ​played​ ​by​ ​Rima​ ​Hadchiti,​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world’s​ ​10​ ​smallest​ ​people. At​ ​3.3​ ​feet​ ​tall​ ​and​ ​41​ ​lbs.,​ ​Mini​ ​Lili​ ​provides​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​heart-warming​ ​audience experiences​ ​in​ ​the​ ​show,​ ​as​ ​we​ ​watch​ ​her​ ​character​ ​confidently​ ​command​ ​the​ ​stage surrounded​ ​by​ ​eclectic​ ​giants.​ ​​ ​Innovative​ ​and​ ​unique!

Also​ ​worth​ ​a​ ​aesthetic​ ​mention​ ​is​ ​the​ ​hoop​ ​skirt​ ​of​ ​Klara​ ​the​ ​Telegraph​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Invisible.​ ​​ ​From top​ ​to​ ​bottom,​ ​Klara​ ​is​ ​a​ ​visual​ ​treat​ ​through​ ​almost​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​show.​ ​​ ​The​ ​hoop​ ​skirt​ ​is​ ​a series​ ​of​ ​round​ ​discs​ ​that​ ​seem​ ​to​ ​be​ ​held​ ​together​ ​by​ ​small​ ​springs,​ ​which​ ​make​ ​the​ ​entire skirt​ ​bounce​ ​and​ ​swing​ ​as​ ​she​ ​gracefully​ ​glides​ ​from​ ​scene​ ​to​ ​scene.​ ​​ ​Even​ ​more​ ​exciting,​ ​is how​ ​she​ ​can​ ​lift​ ​and​ ​twist​ ​the​ ​skirt​ ​pieces​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​telecommunicative​ ​alpha​ ​waves.​ ​​ ​Watch for​ ​her​ ​in​ ​the​ ​background,​ ​atop​ ​the​ ​staging​ ​structures​ ​and​ ​in​ ​the​ ​shadows​ ​throughout​ ​the show.​ ​​ ​Clever​ ​and​ ​comedic​ ​placements​ ​had​ ​us​ ​giggling​ ​with​ ​each​ ​surprise​ ​appearance.

4. HEART​ ​STOPPING​ ​PERFORMANCES

Mr. Microcosmos and Mini Lili
Mr. Microcosmos and Mini Lili – Photo Credit Martin Girard http://shootstudio.ca, costume credit Philippe Guillotel

The​ ​absolute​ ​highlights​ ​of​ ​Kurios​ ​are​ ​the​ ​jaw-dropping,​ ​gasp​ ​worthy​ ​stunts​ ​and​ ​routines​ ​in every​ ​scene.​ ​​ ​Cirque​ ​never​ ​holds​ ​back​ ​when​ ​they​ ​promise​ ​to​ ​deliver​ ​an​ ​elevated​ ​heart-rate. I​ ​don’t​ ​want​ ​to​ ​spoil​ ​the​ ​experience​ ​for​ ​you,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​won’t​ ​specifically​ ​describe​ ​the​ ​moments,​ ​but I​ ​will​ ​mention​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​acts​ ​that​ ​took​ ​my​ ​breath​ ​away.

There​ ​is​ ​a​ ​beautifully​ ​crafted​ ​dinner​ ​table​ ​scene​ ​that​ ​is​ ​unlike​ ​anything​ ​I​ ​have​ ​ever​ ​seen​ ​on television,​ ​movies​ ​or​ ​live​ ​shows.​ ​​ ​​ ​If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​a​ ​fan​ ​of​ ​television​ ​hits​ ​like​ ​America’s​ ​Got​ ​Talent, then​ ​you​ ​are​ ​familiar​ ​with​ ​chair​ ​balancing​ ​routines,​ ​which​ ​can​ ​leave​ ​us​ ​with​ ​a​ ​lump​ ​in​ ​our throats.​ ​​ ​We​ ​pray​ ​for​ ​the​ ​performer​ ​to​ ​maintain​ ​their​ ​balance​ ​while​ ​adding​ ​chair​ ​after​ ​chair​ ​to a​ ​tall​ ​structure,​ ​​ ​balancing​ ​precariously​ ​over​ ​the​ ​crowd.​ ​​ ​Kurios​ ​takes​ ​this​ ​popular​ ​concept​ ​to a​ ​far​ ​more​ ​captivating​ ​and​ ​frightening​ ​level,​ ​playing​ ​with​ ​an​ ​anti-gravity​ ​optical​ ​illusion​ ​that leaves​ ​the​ ​audience​ ​dizzied​ ​and​ ​short​ ​of​ ​breath.​ ​​ ​A​ ​triumph​ ​of​ ​engineering​ ​I​ ​will​ ​never​ ​forget.

Kurios​ ​takes​ ​us​ ​to​ ​new​ ​heights​ ​and​ ​speeds,​ ​embracing​ ​concepts​ ​we​ ​are​ ​already​ ​familiar with,​ ​and​ ​adding​ ​a​ ​dangerous​ ​twist.​ ​​ ​One​ ​example​ ​is​ ​in​ ​the​ ​first​ ​scene,​ ​where​ ​a​ ​cast​ ​of curiosities​ ​watch​ ​as​ ​one​ ​of​ ​their​ ​team​ ​juggles​ ​glittery​ ​bowling​ ​pins​ ​and​ ​walking​ ​canes.​ ​​ ​What we​ ​don’t​ ​expect​ ​is​ ​for​ ​him​ ​to​ ​be​ ​whisked​ ​by​ ​stunt​ ​cable​ ​over​ ​50​ ​feet​ ​in​ ​the​ ​air​ ​while​ ​not missing​ ​a​ ​juggling​ ​beat.

A​ ​second​ ​breathless​ ​heights​ ​moment​ ​comes​ ​with​ ​a​ ​routine​ ​called​ ​Rola​ ​Bola,​ ​where​ ​an​ ​artist balances​ ​himself​ ​on​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​cylinders​ ​and​ ​platforms,​ ​which​ ​grow​ ​higher​ ​with​ ​each suspenseful​ ​moment.​ ​​ ​Again,​ ​the​ ​last​ ​thing​ ​we​ ​expect​ ​from​ ​him​ ​is​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​balancing, while​ ​he​ ​teeters​ ​on​ ​a​ ​large​ ​pendulum​ ​swing​ ​high​ ​over​ ​our​ ​heads.​ ​​ ​Our​ ​shrieks​ ​varied​ ​from joy​ ​to​ ​terror​ ​in​ ​one​ ​breath,​ ​as​ ​we​ ​visualized​ ​these​ ​props​ ​and​ ​human​ ​body​ ​toppling​ ​across​ ​the Big​ ​Top.​ ​​ ​Fortunately​ ​everyone​ ​survived,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​shared​ ​our​ ​sweaty,​ ​anxious​ ​relief​ ​when​ ​he was​ ​safely​ ​on​ ​the​ ​ground​ ​again.

Believe​ ​me,​ ​these​ ​heart-stopping​ ​moments​ ​come​ ​with​ ​every​ ​scene​ ​in​ ​the​ ​show.​ ​​ ​No​ ​matter what​ ​your​ ​fear​ ​threshold​ ​may​ ​be,​ ​I​ ​can​ ​guarantee​ ​you​ ​that​ ​Cirque​ ​Du​ ​Soleil​ ​is​ ​ten​ ​steps ahead,​ ​just​ ​waiting​ ​to​ ​shock​ ​your​ ​senses.​ ​​ ​Your​ ​stomach​ ​will​ ​be​ ​in​ ​your​ ​throat​ ​during​ ​the acrobatic​ ​net​ ​routine,​ ​just​ ​wait​ ​and​ ​see.

5. MERCHANDISE​ ​TO​ ​BRING​ ​THE​ ​MAGIC​ ​HOME

Contortion
Contortion – Photo Credit Martin Girard http://shootstudio.ca, costume credit Philippe Guillotel

Shows​ ​like​ ​Kurios​ ​evoke​ ​fantasy​ ​and​ ​stimulate​ ​our​ ​imaginations.​ ​​ ​We​ ​dream.​ ​​ ​We​ ​fly​ ​with them.​ ​​ ​We​ ​want​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​that​ ​fantasy​ ​into​ ​our​ ​own​ ​worlds.​ ​​ ​Kurios​ ​lovingly​ ​allows​ ​us​ ​to​ ​bring that​ ​fantasy​ ​home​ ​with​ ​us,​ ​perhaps​ ​to​ ​become​ ​future​ ​stars​ ​ourselves.​ ​​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​my​ ​favourite items​ ​were​ ​within​ ​a​ ​reasonable​ ​budget,​ ​which​ ​was​ ​refreshing​ ​to​ ​see​ ​as​ ​so​ ​many merchandise​ ​tables​ ​at​ ​concerts​ ​and​ ​shows​ ​become​ ​so​ ​grossly​ ​overpriced​ ​that​ ​I​ ​leave​ ​shows empty​ ​handed.

Take​ ​for​ ​example​ ​a​ ​concept​ ​as​ ​simple​ ​as​ ​pin​ ​juggling.​ ​​ ​Kurios​ ​took​ ​the​ ​concept​ ​to​ ​fantastical heights,​ ​and​ ​showed​ ​us​ ​the​ ​diversity​ ​and​ ​possibility​ ​of​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​pin,​ ​when​ ​juggled​ ​creatively. As​ ​I​ ​perused​ ​the​ ​merchandise​ ​area​ ​during​ ​intermission,​ ​I​ ​was​ ​very​ ​pleased​ ​to​ ​see​ ​a​ ​set​ ​of three​ ​pins,​ ​exactly​ ​as​ ​they​ ​were​ ​in​ ​the​ ​show,​ ​for​ ​around​ ​$25!​ ​​ ​How​ ​many​ ​kids,​ ​after​ ​seeing such​ ​an​ ​awe-inspiring​ ​performance,​ ​wouldn’t​ ​love​ ​to​ ​take​ ​some​ ​home​ ​and​ ​try​ ​themselves? Improve​ ​their​ ​coordination,​ ​get​ ​them​ ​off​ ​their​ ​smartphones​ ​into​ ​the​ ​fresh​ ​air,​ ​and​ ​fuel​ ​their creativity​ ​with​ ​hands-on​ ​activities.

You​ ​can​ ​easily​ ​find​ ​gifts​ ​for​ ​yourselves​ ​and​ ​your​ ​loved​ ​ones​ ​within​ ​reasonable​ ​price​ ​points, including​ ​yoyo’s​ ​(another​ ​great​ ​interactive​ ​activity​ ​to​ ​stimulate​ ​young​ ​ones),​ ​sets​ ​of​ ​hats​ ​and goggles​ ​exactly​ ​as​ ​seen​ ​in​ ​the​ ​show,​ ​pins​ ​and​ ​copper​ ​mugs.

One​ ​area​ ​I​ ​was​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​miffed​ ​by​ ​was​ ​the​ ​markup​ ​on​ ​food​ ​and​ ​drink.​ ​​ ​While​ ​I​ ​understand​ ​how expensive​ ​it​ ​can​ ​be​ ​to​ ​host​ ​a​ ​show​ ​of​ ​this​ ​calibre,​ ​pay​ ​the​ ​performers​ ​and​ ​extensive marketing,​ ​it​ ​felt​ ​like​ ​quite​ ​a​ ​shock​ ​for​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​single​ ​/​ ​double​ ​cocktail​ ​prices,​ ​and especially​ ​the​ ​refillable​ ​popcorn.​ ​​ ​If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​enjoying​ ​the​ ​show​ ​on​ ​a​ ​tight​ ​budget,​ ​make​ ​sure your​ ​kiddies​ ​are​ ​well​ ​fed​ ​close​ ​to​ ​showtime,​ ​allowing​ ​you​ ​to​ ​choose​ ​one​ ​or​ ​two​ ​sweet​ ​treats during​ ​the​ ​show​ ​that​ ​can​ ​keep​ ​you​ ​within​ ​budget.​ ​​ ​If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​anticipating​ ​getting​ ​a​ ​little​ ​buzzy yourselves,​ ​perhaps​ ​a​ ​cocktail​ ​or​ ​two​ ​at​ ​home​ ​beforehand​ ​may​ ​save​ ​you​ ​a​ ​surprise​ ​$20​ ​tab for​ ​a​ ​drink​ ​at​ ​the​ ​show.​ ​​ ​Aside​ ​from​ ​these,​ ​candy​ ​and​ ​sodas​ ​were​ ​all​ ​quite​ ​fair​ ​on​ ​the pocketbook.​ ​​ ​I​ ​support​ ​Cirque​ ​Du​ ​Soleil​ ​in​ ​it’s​ ​mission​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​their​ ​shows​ ​to​ ​our​ ​front​ ​yard, so​ ​I​ ​really​ ​won’t​ ​complain​ ​too​ ​much,​ ​as​ ​I​ ​can​ ​see​ ​where​ ​their​ ​overhead​ ​costs​ ​are​ ​an astronomical​ ​risk.

Above​ ​everything​ ​I​ ​have​ ​mentioned​ ​in​ ​this​ ​list,​ ​what​ ​most​ ​captured​ ​my​ ​heart​ ​was​ ​the enthusiasm​ ​and​ ​precision​ ​of​ ​the​ ​performers.​ ​​ ​It​ ​is​ ​an​ ​absolute​ ​thrill​ ​to​ ​watch​ ​athletes​ ​in​ ​peak physical​ ​form,​ ​having​ ​the​ ​time​ ​of​ ​their​ ​lives​ ​sharing​ ​their​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​creativity​ ​with​ ​a​ ​live audience.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​passion​ ​at​ ​it’s​ ​finest.​ ​​ ​The​ ​energy​ ​of​ ​a​ ​performer​ ​who​ ​is​ ​risking​ ​their​ ​safety to​ ​bring​ ​squeals​ ​to​ ​our​ ​voices​ ​is​ ​a​ ​match​ ​made​ ​in​ ​thrill​ ​heaven.

Treat​ ​yourself​ ​to​ ​night​ ​under​ ​the​ ​Big​ ​Top​ ​with​ ​your​ ​special​ ​someone,​ ​your​ ​group​ ​of​ ​friends​ ​or colleagues.​ ​​ ​The​ ​emotional​ ​experience​ ​of​ ​Kurios:​ ​Cabinet​ ​of​ ​Curiosities​ ​will​ ​last​ ​a​ ​lifetime!

Kurios​ ​runs​ ​in​ ​Vancouver​ ​until​ ​December​ ​30th,​ ​2017​ ​under​ ​the​ ​Big​ ​Top​ ​at​ ​Concord Pacific​ ​Place,​ ​two​ ​blocks​ ​from​ ​Stadium​ ​/​ ​Chinatown​ ​Skytrain​ ​Station.

Tickets​ ​are​ ​available​ ​at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/canada/vancouver/kurios/buy-tickets​,​ ​starting​ ​at $49.00​ ​CDN