Dallas is 'Kurios': The human circus has come to town

Dallas is hosting the most famous circus in the world for a limited time. 

Cirque du Soleil returned to the city with the show Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities Feb. 17. It’s a show about a seeker, a scientist/inventor who explores an unimaginable place where anything seems to happen, such as traveling into another dimension and finding different, incredible characters on his journey.   

Cirque du Soleil was officially founded in 1984 by Guy Laliberté, a musician, businessman and investor in Quebec, Canada. The name was chosen because in Laliberté’s words, “The sun symbolizes youth, energy, and strength.” 

In almost 40 years of producing theater entertainment, with no animals included, the circus celebrates its huge success. With more than 1,300 artists from 55 different countries and currently 20 shows touring around the world, Cirque du Soleil is an attraction to all ages. 

Kurios will complete three years since the premiere of the show in Montréal on 

April 24, 2014. It has already traveled 15 cities all over the United States and Canada with about 65 trucks transporting Kurios equipment. In total there are 122 tour members, including 46 artists from 23 different countries. 

The success of the show is not only the talented cast but also the live music. Sung by Eirini Tornesaki and the band, the original songs make the performances come alive and keep the spectators even more connected to the acts.

Best known as Erini, the 25-year-old vocalist joined Cirque du Soleil in 2014. She grew up in Heraklion, on Crete, Greece. At the age of 18, looking for more opportunities to study contemporary singing, she moved to England to study modern vocals at the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music. In 2013 Erini heard from a friend about the auditions for Cirque du Soleil and tried out. She received the callback one year after to work as a vocalist for a new production, which was still in the process of creation. 

The show travels to different cities every two months. Touring can be tiring, but according to Erini, the best thing about touring is,  “The best part is how exciting I feel every time I’m moving to a new place. I’m always just dreaming about what this place and the people would be like, and how I will create my new life there and make it my home. So, this is a very exciting feeling, every two months.” Her favorite city so far is New York City.

With a busy, tight schedule and sold out shows it’s natural for artists to be nervous but Erini said, “Not anymore, because I am very familiar with the material.” She added, “At first there were a lot of changes happening before the show was really settled.” 

Kurios is a little bit more than two hours long. As the only singer, it’s necessary to be prepared and be careful with her voice. 

“I do drink a lot of water all day. I do very light exercise. I like doing yoga and stretching, so I feel warmed up and ready.”

For those who have never been to a Cirque du Soleil performance, the pricey tickets might be a surprise, but one must remember that this is not simply a circus. This unique and incredible show literally takes the spectacle to another world: featuring amazing performances, indescribable acts, lighting shows combined with colorful costumes. It makes every penny worth it.  It’s no doubt the show will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

In Erini’s words, “Kurios is a really magical show and the whole experience for people is really worth it. And I think if you need some inspiration, some positive energy and you know, to escape reality for an evening, it’s an amazing thing to do.” 

Erini said, “You get to experience the journey with the scientist without knowing if it’s all part of reality or a dream.” 

Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities will be in Dallas until March 2017 before departing to their next destination, Houston.