I had the pleasure of seeing Kurios (this year’s Cirque du Soleil show) a couple of weeks ago. If you have ever had the opportunity to see a Cirque du Soleil show you will understand that it cannot be categorized into a single artistic category. It is an evolving art form with many facets. While the performance alone can satisfy anyone’s appetite, the combination of amazing music, incredible set design and unparalleled costume design is the reason why it is such an internationally renowned circus and has been for over 30 years.
It all began in the small town of Baie-Saint-Paul near Québec city, where a small group of street performers known as Les Échassiers roamed the streets performing their art. People were already impressed and intrigued by this bunch of talented street performers (which included Gilles Saint-Croix and Guy Laliberté – who later became co-founders of Cirque du Soleil). This group went on to form the Club des Talons Hauts and then in 1982 they organized La fete Foraine de Baie Saint Paul, a cultural event in which street performers from all corners met to exchange ideas and brighten up the streets for a couple of days with their acts! This event was repeated 2 years in a row and as the popularity of the Club des Talons Haut’s was rising, so was their crazy dream of creating a Québec circus that would travel the world! In the end, their big dream came true and the Cirque du Soleil was officially founded in 1987.
Cirque du Soleil employs specialists from many different fields, from shoemaking to lace-making, textile design to pattern-making, so it is only natural that everything coming out of their workshop is not only amazing, but works of art! The costumes are all custom-made and the majority of them are even produced at the Costume Workshop located at the Cirque’s International Headquarters in Montreal. This workshop is the only one of its kind in North America and has over 300 full time employees. Cirque designers often come to TÉLIO Montreal Showroom to purchase fabrics for their creations!
This year’s Kurios’ costumes were surreal. Designed by Phillippe Guilotel, the Kurios costumes are a mix of old and futuristic. This show is a a must see with its out of this world, dreamlike performances and crazy heart stopping acts! If you are in the Montreal area you are not going to want to miss it!