Kurios is the 2017 Cirque du Soleil circus and acrobatics show taking place at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place from mid-October until the end of December.
In 2017 the show runs from October 19th until December 31st.
Kurios at Concord Pacific Place
Each year Cirque du Soleil brings one of its world-famous circus shows to Vancouver. From opening day and for the following two or so months, Vancouver audiences are entertained by amazing acrobatics shows, music, dance and all kinds of amazing and jaw-dropping entertainment.
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Big Top Location
Cirque du Soleil often (but not always) sets up its trademark “Grand Chapiteau” big top tent around mid-autumn in Concord Pacific Place between the eastern tip of False Creek and BC Place Stadium at 88 Pacific Boulevard. 2017 is no exception.
The Grand Chapiteau is a massive blue and yellow big-top-style structure that seats over 2,500 people. It has four castle-like points supported by masts and all seats are comfortably cushioned with backs. The venue itself is a spectacle to be seen!
Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
Each year Cirque du Soleil brings a different production to Vancouver as part of its North American or world tour. In 2017 the show is Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities.
The actual performance at Kurios lasts for slightly less than 2 hours but ends up running longer because of its 25-minute intermission.
2017 Admission Details
Tickets to Kurios in Vancouver start at $49 but go up to $140, or as much as around $300 or so for VIP seats at premium times.
Discount rates are available including the following:
- Children’s rates apply to folk ages 12 and under.
- Family Packs are where families purchasing 3 or more tickets get an extra 20% off.
- lnfants under 2 years of age are free, provided that they share the same seat as a parent.
- Student rates apply to people ages 13 and older and attending a public school, college or university and in possession of valid student ID.
- Audience members age 65+ qualify for the seniors’ rate.
- Military discounts apply to individuals with valid military identification.
NOTE: Student, senior and military discounts are only available during non-peak periods including most weekends.
VIP packages include premium seats with the best views of the stage, a cocktail reception with open bar and appetizer both before the performance and at the intermission, a complimentary program and a small gift. VIP attendees also get free parking and access to an extra-nice restroom and special VIP areas.
Cirque du Soleil tickets work on a “demand-based pricing policy” where the cost for the same seat on the same day can fluctuate over time. The higher the demand for seats in specific locations and on specific dates, the more the ticket will likely cost.
According to their website, Cirque du Soleil says “the earlier you buy the better the prices will be, and the better the choice of seats.” The better pricing promise assumes that shows will eventually sell out and that empty seats won’t become discounted at the last minute of course, but that rarely if ever happens.
To reserve your seats to Kurios, click Cirque du Soleil Tickets.
What to Expect at Kurios
Kurios is a science-fantasy story about a fictitious 19th-century inventor who builds a machine that defies the laws of space and time. He does this to reinvent the world around him with steam-powered machinery and characters from another dimension. It’s a story about imagination,
The main character in the show is the Seeker, the scientist, who builds a time machine and travels to another dimension.
Other characters include Nico the Accordion Man, who can stretch himself up and down, Mr. Microcosmos, a serious man of authority, and the Kurios folk like Suction Cup Kurios and Winch Kurios who become the Seeker’s assistants.
In the show there are all kinds of innovative circus and acrobatic elements including an aerial cycle ride, gymnastic contortions, chair balancing, trapeze tricks, trampoline jumping and human-pyramid building.
In short, Kurios is like so many Cirque du Soleil shows – a collection of astounding acrobatic, musical and dance performances on an elaborate stage and wrapped together in a magical story.
Below is other information that’s good to know about Cirque du Soleil’s Vancouver production in 2017.
- Kurios features flashing lights, so important to know for people with photosensitive epilepsy.
- The venue is heated.
- There is no coat check area.
- Videotaping and photography with flash are both prohibited within the Grand Chapiteau.
- Due to space restrictions, strollers are not permitted in the facility.
- Except for service dogs for people with disabilities, animals are not permitted.
- Backpacks and other packages bigger than a briefcase or handbag are not permitted in the facility.
To get even more of an idea about what to expect at the show, check out the following official Cirque du Soleil video. As you’ll see, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is quite the spectacle and something you really need to see!
Kurios Tips and Advice
The following is a list of suggestions to help you make the most out of your Cirque du Soleil experience.
- TIP #1: If you can afford it, go! Cirque du Soleil shows are amazing! Take your family and invite your friends.
- TIP #2: Don’t forget that with the Family Pack you get a 20% discount if purchasing 3 or more tickets at the same time.
- TIP #3: Arrive well in advance of show time as it can take a while to find parking and get through security. The Entrance Tent and vendors open 45 minutes before each show and guests can enter the main Grand Chapiteau area starting 30 minutes before the performance. The show starts on time and latecomers are allowed in only during specific short breaks, and latecomers in wheelchairs are admitted only at half time during the 25-minute intermission. So don’t be late!
- TIP #4: Make an evening (or afternoon) out of your visit and explore the area. If attending an afternoon show and the weather is good, go for a pre-performance stroll along the nearby False Creek Seawall. Unless perhaps if paying for the VIP Package and so eligible for the complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvre, go out for dinner or a drink either before or after the show. Robson Street isn’t overly far away, just on the other side of BC Place Stadium, and Yaletown is full of great bars and restaurants.
- TIP #5: Don’t forget that tickets are sold using a demand-based pricing system. So reserve your seats early before the prices go up!
- TIP #6: Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios make great Christmas and early-Christmas gifts!
- TIP #7: Speaking of gifts, the Circle Craft Market takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre not far from Waterfront Station in mid-November. It’s Vancouver’s premier craft market offering thousands of unique gift ideas made by local and Canadian artists. Got extra time before the show between November 8th and 12th? Then check it out and do some Christmas shopping for things you won’t find anywhere else along the way!
About Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil is a world-famous circus and acrobatics theatre group that offers shows under a big top tent in Vancouver’s Pacific Concord Place, as well as at other venues across the globe.
The Montreal-based company tours the world with its shows and often visits Vancouver for a multi-week stay between mid-fall and the end of December.
History of Vancouver Shows
In December 2016 Cirque du Soleil brought Toruk – a performance based on James Cameron’s movie Avatar – to Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum for just under a week.
In 2015 Vancouver’s Cirque du Soleil production was Kooza which took place at Concord Pacific Place from the end of October until late December.
TOTEM, a story about the evolution of mankind, was Cirque du Soleil’s show in 2014 and it played starting in mid-May under the big top at Concord Pacific Place. The performance followed the mystical evolution of the human race from amphibian form to its desire to fly.
To buy tickets or for more information check out the Cirque du Soleil website.
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