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Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities opens this week!


The brand new white-and-grey Cirque du Soleil Big Top was raised on the weekend, marking the arrival of KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities in Brisbane from January 10 – February 23.


  • This is the first time the all new grey-and-white big top has been to Australia.

  • The Big Top stands about 20 metres (56 feet) high and is 51 metres (164 feet) in diameter.

  • Over 60 technicians raise more than 100 metal poles in the final step of building the roof of the “grand chapiteau”.

  • It is supported by 4 steel masts that each stand at 24 metres (79 feet) high.

  • More than 550 pegs are required to anchor the Big Top.

  • The Big Top can accommodate more than 2,400 people.

  • The entire site set-up includes installation of the entrance, hospitality and rehearsal tents, administrative offices, workshops, and kitchen.

  • KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities travels city to city with more than 85 containers carrying the entire village.


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.




KURIOS is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984.  The newest big top production to tour Australia arrives with a cast of 47 artists from 17 countries including world-class gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, hand-puppeteers, yo-yo wizards, clowns, actors and musicians.








Are you ready for Cirque du Soleil’s Totem?




Cirque du Soleil will raise the iconic blue and yellow big top TOMORROW at Northshore, Hamilton, ready for their spectacular touring production, TOTEM!



If you haven’t already done so, you know you’d better BOOK TIX NOW.



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Top Lounge experience.






The big top seats more than 2,600 people


The entire site set-up takes 8 days. This includes installation of entrance, hospitality and rehearsal tents, box office, administrative offices and kitchen.


The big top stands 19 metres high and is 51 metres in diameter.


The 4 masts each stand at 25 metres tall.


550 pegs are required to hold the big top firmly to 4,506 square metres of asphalt.


TOTEM travels via 85 containers carrying close to 2,000 tons of equipment





Written and directed by Robert Lepage, combining mesmerising acrobatic acts and stunning visual effects, TOTEM illustrates the evolutionary progress of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly, in an uplifting display of athleticism, comedy and pure beauty. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.


Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.





Since its World Premiere in 2010, more than three million people across 27 cities worldwide have been mesmerised by the intimacy and beauty of TOTEM, winner of the 2013 NYC Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. Featuring a cast of 46 acrobats, actors, musicians and singers, TOTEM is an uplifting array of athleticism, comedy, heartfelt emotions and surprising visual effects.








Cirque du Soleil’s OVO


Cirque du Soleil holds a pretty prominent position in my family’s conversations.

My sister has just returned with her little family from a year’s stint overseas with the Saltimbanco troupe. She’s been calling the show (that’s theatreese for what the Stage Manager does) all through Europe and the Middle East. Her husband will re-join the company next week (in Italy!), after his short tour break here, to continue his role in the tech department until the show closes, after 20 sell-out years, in December.

I should mention that they’ve toured 27 countries with 3 young children!

We all want to run off and join the circus but this family actually did it!


Speaking of family, I know that my dad will absolutely love Cirque’s newest Australian touring production, OVO. He’s an Entomologist. And quite the Drama King. A presentation he gave at a conference in New Zealand was titled:

Managing avocado pests with romance, intrigue and war –

integrating pheromones, assassins and weapons of mass destruction

Who knew the enemies of the avocados could be so fascinating?

He does love a good eco-drama. And the circus. But then, who doesn’t?!

THIS circus – Cirque du Soleil –  is for everyone! The whole family!

And Queenslanders get to experience it first. Brisbane will host the Australian premiere season of the critically-acclaimed and family-friendly big top production OVO, under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (big top) at Northshore Hamilton, with the 2012-2013 national tour then moving to Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

Portuguese for “egg”, OVO is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.  When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object, which represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.

When a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye it’s love at first sight!

The cast of OVO is comprised of 55 performing artists from 14 countries specialising in many acrobatic acts. A highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform. This breathtaking act combines many circus disciplines: banquine, Russian swing and swinging chair.

The Creative Team behind the world of OVO is:  Artistic Guides Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix; Writer, Director and Choreographer Deborah Colker (first female director at Cirque du Soleil); Director of Creation Chantal Tremblay; Set and props Designer Gringo Cardia; Costume Designer Liz Vandal; Composer and Musical Director Berna Ceppas; Lighting Designer Éric Champoux; Sound Designer Jonathan Deans; Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer hting Designer éclairagesa creative team for the first time at Cirque du Soleilerms of distance between stations.Fred Gérard;  Acrobatic Performance Designer Philippe Aubertin; and Makeup Designer Julie Bégin. 

Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organisation providing high-quality artistic entertainment.

The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.


Brisbane – From July 14 2012, Northshore Hamilton


HOT TIP: book the VIP Rouge Experience – especially if it’s your first time – which offers you premium seating and the complete VIP experience.

I wouldn’t see a Cirque show any other way!