Cirque du Soleil: Kurios Cabinet of Curiosities!

Premieres June 2, 2017 under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at Sterling Lyon Parkway and Kenaston Blvd.


Cirque du Soleil will return to Winnipeg in 2017, but this time with its most acclaimed Big Top touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ presented by Sun Life Global Investments. KURIOS will premiere under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top June 2, 2017 at the corner of Sterling Lyon Parkway and Kenaston Blvd.

Special Winnipeg Announcement from KURIOS

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.

“I am very excited to welcome Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS to Winnipeg,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “It further demonstrates how Winnipeg is increasingly becoming a world-class tourist destination. Thank you to Cirque du Soleil and True North for bringing this incredible touring show to Winnipeg!”

As a partner of the touring show, True North Sports + Entertainment is proud to be a part of the Big Top experience.

“True North is extremely excited to assist Cirque du Soleil’s efforts to bring a Big Top presentation of its world renowned shows to Winnipeg. We always strive for the highest quality sports and entertainment programming, and Cirque du Soleil is indeed the highest and best in the world for incredible, eye-popping presentations that engage, thrill, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages,” said Kevin Donnelly, Senior Vice President, Venues + Entertainment, True North Sports + Entertainment. “Once again, we are extremely confident that Manitobans will support this offering and beyond that—it allows us to play host to so many incoming visitors who travel to see Cirque du Soleil in their incredible tent presentations.”

Winnipeg’s lead economic development agency looks forward to the impact this show will have on the city.

“Cirque du Soleil’s latest offering promises to up the economic ante in consequential ways for our city and province, and I’m confident the response from Winnipeg’s robust arts and culture crowd will vindicate Cirque’s decision to leverage its record of successful investments here by staging such an awesome spectacle typically reserved for larger cities,” said Dayna Spiring, president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. “Winnipeggers are passionate purveyors of entertainment, and we appreciate the value unique events like this add to our quality of life. When next June comes around, I know I’ll be joining tens of thousands of fellow thrill-seekers whose curiosity will be both piqued and sated by KURIOS.”

Access to the best seats and prices are available for existing Cirque Club members starting December 5th. Visit to sign up for a complimentary membership. Cirque Club members receive advance access to the best seats under the Big Top, deals and discounts for tickets, promotions with our partners and a chance to experience never before seen exclusive Cirque du Soleil content. Tickets will be available for purchase to the general public beginning Friday December 9th by visiting or calling 1-877-9 CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Tickets will also be available at the MTS Centre Box office and Tickets range from $40-164.

KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities had its world premiere in Montréal April 2014 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production. Since its debut, the critics have been raving across North America: “Cirque du Soleil has come roaring back with KURIOS – a dazzling, hyper-detailed Éand generally fantastic show that reveals this extraordinary artistic company’s singular capacity for exploration and metamorphosis. It is not to be missed on any account,” said Chris Jones in The Chicago Tribune. “KURIOS is the most enthralling, consistently over-the-top magical show Cirque du Soleil has sent our way in a long time,” raved Robert Hurwitt in The San Francisco Chronicle. “KURIOS is the most joyous piece of theater I’ve seen in years and it will lift your spirits to the stars,” said Richard Ouzounian in The Toronto Star. And Misha Berson in The Seattle Times raved, “KURIOS thrills in a splendidly captivating new show.” The Los Angeles Times made it a Critic’s Choice.

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 await. 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, Director, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
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 which toured in Europe. Michel co-wrote and directed the VR movie “Kurios : Inside the Box” which won three prizes, one of them being the Emmy Daytime award in the Outstanding Interactive Media category. Michel is currently working on two Cirque du Soleil upcoming shows.