Summer Fantasy: Cirque de Soleil’s KURIOS Comes to Tysons

Fantasy will be easier to find during the warm days of summer 2016 as Cirque de Soleil’s mesmerizing show KURIOS comes to Tysons, Virginia. We were lucky enough to see KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities in Quebec City, so were very excited about it’s appearance in our own Northern Virginia. Happily, the opening night show in Tysons was fantastic and just as fun the second time around.

KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities in Quebec City
KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities in Quebec City
Opening night fun KURIOS Tysons Virginia
Opening night fun KURIOS Tysons Virginia

 

If you’ve never been to a Cirque du Soleil show, this is a wonderful introduction to the magic. The company combines weird characters, fantastical story lines, and elaborately quirky costumes and sets to create a mesmerizing show unlike any other.

KURIOS pre-show character
KURIOS pre-show character

 

The fun begins even before the show, when guests selected randomly from the audience are invited to walk across the bridge that crosses the stage during portions of the show (a nice incentive to be seated early).

KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities stage
KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities stage
KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities bridge and stage
KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities bridge and stage

 

In KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities, contortionists, actors, and acrobats inhabit a curious Steampunk fantasy world where anything is possible.

[quote]Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down.[/quote]

Showtime ready at KURIOS Tysons Virginia
Showtime ready at KURIOS Tysons Virginia

 

We enjoyed every bit of the show, but were especially intrigued with the contortionist “electric eels” and the “Upside Down World” where an intricately balanced tower is built from both the bottom up and the top down.

KURIOS contortionists Cirque du Soleil
KURIOS contortionists Cirque du Soleil
KURIOS electric eel contortionists
KURIOS electric eel contortionists
Upside Down World KURIOS
Upside Down World KURIOS

 

During the second half of the show, we loved watching the Arco Net act, with performers bouncing all the way to the top of the tent in more of those wacky costumes.

Acro Net act KURIOS
Acro Net act KURIOS

 

KURIOS is a family friendly show, and our teenagers were equally spellbound; not an easy task. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.

KURIOS comes to Tysons Lerner Square on July 21, 2016 for an extended run until September 18th. Tickets are on sale now; with prices beginning at $39, with Producer, VIP, and Backstage options available. While the relatively small, round tent means there are no bad seats, we recommend being as close to the stage as possible for clear views of the extravagantly detailed costumes and makeup.

KURIOS scientists
KURIOS scientists
Rola Bola KURIOS
Rola Bola balancing act KURIOS
KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities creature
KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities creature

 

It’s wonderful to see new events and spaces opening up in Tysons, and Cirque de Soleil is a great edition to our summer fun. Easy to reach on the Silver Line, the venue is right next to the Tyson’s Plaza stop.

Official event parking is a punishing $25, but we suggest beginning your night with a meal at the mall where parking is free and restaurants are plentiful. One yummy option is the summer Art of Grilling deal at Brio Tuscan Grill, downstairs in the mall. A three-course meal for only $27.50 (available until August 21—we highly recommend the steak!) sure beats that pricey parking.

Cirque du Soleil KURIOS Tysons Virginia
Cirque du Soleil KURIOS in Tysons Virginia

 

Will you be experiencing the fantasy when KURIOS comes to Tysons this summer?

Photos courtesy Katherine McCool. You’ll find more of Katherine’s work on Instagram at kmccoolio and nikonye.

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Fantasy will be easier to find during the warm days of summer when Cirque de Soleil's mesmerizing show KURIOS comes to Tysons, Virginia.

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