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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Quench Your Kurios(ity) With Cirque Du Soleil's Phantasmagorical Steampunk Show #Review #HighlyRecommended #ChiILPicksList

We were dazed and bemused. This show is pure genius. Make time to see KURIOS by Cirque du Soleil in Chicago. Don't miss THIS! ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar.

Beyond amazing! #Kurios killed it! If you're debating, GO already. 
This is the real deal. ChiIL Mama's #ChiILPicksList

All Pictures credit: © Martin Girard
Costume credit: Philippe Guillotel

From the moment the stage clock locked in at the magical time of 11:11 they had me. I was enthralled, as a ragtag band of 19th century passengers debarked a steam train, and filled the tent with hours of endless wonders, all before the clock clicked over to 11:12! 

Here at ChiIL Mama/ChiIL Live Shows, it was our absolute pleasure to catch the Chicago opening of Kurios-Cabinet of Curiosities. We've seen just about every Cirque du Soleil show, and had high expectations. I'm thrilled to say Kurios greatly exceeded them. This production is visually stunning, crazy creative, and a whimsically welcome break from reality. Highly recommended for all ages. 

Kurios is fast paced and phantasmagorical, with a charming steampunk aesthetic. We adored the nod to the 19th century past, circus side show vibe, with a strong man, a midget, and other iconic jugglers, percussionists, dancers, and characters. 

We were also enthralled with the magical mini acts, like an invisible circus and hand "puppet" show, within the story line. The stunning costumes, grace, and live, original music Cirque du Soleil is renowned for were still present. Yet, Kurios was more playful, edgy and fun than many of their recent productions. The Kurios tunes are earworms of the finest order, and the only cure is to play them again and again.

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, the new touring production will premiere under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at United Center beginning August 6, 2015


Cirque du Soleil returns to Chicago after four years with its newest touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ , performing under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at the United Center parking lot, 1901 W. Madison Street, August 6 – September 20, 2015. Tickets are available for purchase by visiting or calling 1-877-9 CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Tickets range from $35 - $145.


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) and "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.

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

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.

Creative team
The creative team of KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities consists of 17 creators under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté (Guide) and Jean-François Bouchard (Creative Guide):

Michel Laprise                   Writer and Director
Chantal Tremblay             Director of Creation
Stéphane Roy                    Set and Props Designer
Philippe Guillotel              Costume Designer
Raphaël Beau                    Composer and Musical Director
Bob & Bill                             Composers and Musical Directors
Yaman Okur                       Choreographer
Ben Potvin                          Choreographer
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui         Choreographer
Susan Gaudreau               Choreographer
Andrea Ziegler                  Choreographer
Jacques Boucher              Sound Designer
Jean-Michel Caron          Sound Designer
Martin Labrecque            Lighting Designer
Rob Bollinger                     Acrobatic Performance Designer
Germain Guillemot         Acrobatic Performance Designer
Boris Verkhovsky             Acrobatic Performance Designer
Danny Zen                          Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer
Eleni Uranis                        Makeup Designer

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, DHL, ACTIVEON Action Camera as well as Affiliate Partner MEXICO.

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

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Bristol Renaissance Faire Braced for Steampunk Invasion This Weekend

Polish your goggles and grab your gears.   It's time for the annual Steampunk weekend at Ren Faire July 21 & 22!   Check out ChiIL Mama's coverage from last year's Steampunk Invasion by clicking the link right here.
Steampunk Weekend 2011-Photo Filled Recap


Steampunk Invasion - July 21 and 22, 2012
Where do steam, gears and inventions ahead of their time fit in to the
Renaissance? Just ask any apprentice of Leonardo DaVinci and you’ll see
how the consummate Renaissance man paved the way for this
outside-the-box invasion.

Green Fairy

Absinthe Cocktail Bar (July 21 & 22)
Explore the delicious art of sublimation with six exclusive Absinthe cocktails
this weekend only. The bar will be moving to shadier grounds this
year. Stay tuned for the final location!


Steampunk Promenade Contest - Saturday July 21, 2012 - Globe Stage - 5:30pm
All the aetherometers point to a glorious stroll this Saturday. Polish
your combobulator pistol and tighten your high-altitude airship
goggles. Whether you're the legionnaire, the engineer or the clockwork
servant, we're looking for the best man, woman and couple to win prizes
in gold coin.  Cheerio!


The "Fantasy Facial Hair" Contest - Sunday July 22, 2012 - Globe Stage - 5:30pm
You are not too lazy to shave. You are preparing for Bristol's manliest
competition to date. Bristol invites men (and ladies!) everywhere to
join us for our fantasy facial hair competition to win prizes, the
adoration of the women and the envy of the men.

How to Enter:
It is FREE to enter the competition. Come to the Globe Stage
at 5:30pm. Entrants will be invited on stage by category. Each entrant will
have a brief moment to take center stage and showcase their "hair". A
winner will be chosen from each category by our panel of judges. All 6
champions will receive a prize worthy of their dedication to the contest.
Rules: You may only enter one category.
Best Fake (This is the only category where
synthetic hair is accepted. All other categories are for naturally grown facial
Best Shaped / Waxed
Vividly Colored
Ultimate Adorned
Full Beard Freestyle (aka Beard Topiaries)
International Historical (see graphic below for qualifying styles)

Historical Styles

Check out Steampunk Chicago right here, for more steampunk events, fashion, music, books, film and fun!!   Here at ChiIL Mama/ ChiIL Live Shows we've thoroughly enjoyed shooting a ton of photos and videos at steampunk shows like steampunk burlesque extravaganza, Carnivale Delirium at Reggie's Rock Club here.   

Check out these photos from Steampunk Thursdays that ran briefly at Elate and have now turned into a jazz night.

We've still got lots more to come.   Check back here like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often, for more steampunkery fun. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Photo Filled Recap: Carnivale Delirium at Reggie's Rock Club

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There was a fun bit of Steampunkery goin' down at Reggie's Rock Club Friday night, with the second annual Carnivale Delirium.   We enjoyed circus arts for the 17+ crowd including burlesque hooping, freak show tricks like the old nails up the nose bit, lifting heavy things with body parts, juggling, magic and acro.   We also enjoyed fun music from:

Vagabond Opera - Portland, OR
"Unbelievable vaudeville cabaret show and music!"

Veronique Chevalier - Los Angels, CA
"Master of Ceremonies and polka aficionado!"

The Dead Man's Carnival - Milwaukee, WI
"Circus sideshow and magic act!"

Eerie Twilight - Washington, DC
"Sensual steampunk burlesque!"

Candy Town - Chicago, IL
"The ultimate cabaret act!"

The White City Rippers featuring Lula Houp-Garou! - Chicago, IL
"Mechanical squeeze box and theremin band w live sideshow burlesque!"

with additional accompaniment by the...
Lords & Ladies DJs!
"Vaudevillian disc jockey extra-ordinaires!"

We particularly dug Vagabond Opera and The White City Rippers with their theremin!!   And of course, the crowd was full of characters and character.   We love an excuse to play dress up.   

Raffle benefits and "Betty Page style retro calendar" sales benefited our friends over at GIRLS ROCK! CHICAGO.   Check out ChiIL Mama's own Sagezilla performing with Girls Rock! at The Metro in June.    Here's Octopie-her first band/first show ever, performing their original Sugarcubesesque punk song, Bloody Unicorn.


Thanks Steampunk Chicago!
Check out their site for area Steampunk events and more.

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