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Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios Creates Steampunk Dream

When you walk into the Grand Chapiteau venue, you're entering a bizarro steampunk contortionist dream.

Cirque du Soleil is magical. Across from T&T Supermarket on Cherry Street, the pop-up striped tent makes Polson Pier look otherworldly—it’s a better location than any Las Vegas hotel or Orlando strip mall. And when you walk into the Grand Chapiteau venue, you’re welcomed into a bizarro steampunk contortionist fantasy.

Kicking off its North American tour in Toronto and running until October 26, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s latest show. The official plot premise is slight and not particularly engaging: there’s a Seeker in his own imaginary world called Curiosistan creating inventions with the aid of robots that smell like leather. It’s difficult to keep track of the narrative layered over all the spinning, jumping, flying, and balancing. No one had any idea what was going on—but everyone loved the show.

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