10 fun facts about Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS, now at Tysons

After a three-year hiatus from the United States, Cirque du Soleil’s most critically acclaimed touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is back in the Washington, DC area at Tysons, Va. now through September 25.

Here are 10 fun facts about KURIOS with its steampunk-inspired universe, jaw-dropping acrobatics, colorful characters, and uplifting message of the power of imagination:

  • To make the Accordion Man’s attire, the costume-maker spent an entire week sewing inside the costume.
  • Rima Hadchiti, the artist who plays Mini Lili, is 3.3 feet tall and weighs 41 pounds. She is one of the 10 smallest people in the world.
  • The mechanical hand weighs 750 pounds and measures 15 feet by 6.8 feet.
  1. More than a hundred costumes were created to dress the cast of KURIOS.
  2. There are 426 props in the show, the most of any production in Cirque du Soleil’s history.
  3. Some 65 trucks transport close to 2,000 tons of equipment for KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities.
  4. This is the first time that Cirque du Soleil presents a welcoming act on top of the big top before the show starts. When weather permits, 3 artists climb up the big top and greet the guests from above while playing music and acting. Guests get a taste of the KURIOS experience as soon as they enter the site.
  • The 122 tour members come from 23 different countries. Some have been touring with Cirque du Soleil for more than 15 years.
  • It took the team of props makers approximately 250 hours to build Mr. Microcosmos’ round belly.
  • All performers are responsible for applying their own make-up every show, which can take them between 40 minutes to two hours.

Tickets for KURIOS start at $40 and are available online.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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