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Where EAST meets the Northwest

CABINET OF CURIOSITIES. Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil returned to Portland last month with Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, a circus extravaganza featuring the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space, and dimension to reinvent everything around him. The show, held at the Portland Expo Center, continues through Sunday, October 8. Pictured is a contortion act that highlights deep-sea creatures who embody electric eels inside the cabinet. The fast-paced and fluid act features wriggling artists executing a series of pyramids and figures with incredible precision and speed. (Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil)

From The Asian Reporter, V27, #18 (September 18, 2017), page 11.

Cirque du Soleilís Kurios explores a world of curiosities to unravel

Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil returned to Portland in late August with Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, a circus extravaganza featuring the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space, and dimension to reinvent everything around him. The show, held at the Portland Expo Center, continues through Sunday, October 8.

Kurios, Cirque du Soleilís 35th production since 1984, features more than 100 costumes and 426 props, the most of any of its productions.

Cabinet of Curiosities represent the ancestors of museums, also known as the "cabinet of wonders" in Renaissance Europe. Aristocrats, members of the merchant class, and early practitioners of science formed collections of historical relics, works of art, or mysterious travel souvenirs and artifacts. In Kurios, the audience is invited into the curio cabinet of an inventor who revamps the items around him, causing the visible to become invisible, perspectives to be transformed, and the world to be literally turned upside down.

Featured acts include Chaos Synchro, Russian Cradle, Aerial Bike, Rola Bola, Acro Net, and more. Each will captivate and amaze. The athleticism and precision of the performers are incredible; the detail of the costumes is fascinating.

The performers in Kurios, like Cirque du Soleil shows that have previously visited Portland, will intrigue and entertain. They will also tickle your funny bone with antics throughout the show. Hopefully Kurios also brings with it an appreciation of past inventions we now take for granted.

Performances of Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities are held through October 8 at the Grand Chapiteau, which is located in the parking lot of the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland. To learn more, or to buy tickets, call 1-800-450-1480 or visit <www.cirquedusoleil.com>.

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