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Kurios: Cabinet des Curiosites (in English: Cabinet of Curiosities) is Cirque du Soleil's 34th production. It premiered in 2014, the year of their thirtieth anniversary.

It tells the story of an inventor who finds his way into a strange new world where the laws of physics don't work the same way they do here. This is the Excuse Plot for a show full of incredible acrobatic stunts, funny moments, and straight-up weirdness.

This show contains examples of:

  • All There in the Manual: As usual for Cirque shows, if you want an in-depth story rundown, you'll need to read either the program or the website.
  • Arc Number: Eleven. The entirety of the show takes place within one minute: 11:11 PM.
  • Audience Participation: The clown takes a woman from the audience onstage and pretends to go on a date with her. He then pretends to be a cat, including pretending to cough up a hairball on her lap.
  • Clock Punk: Clocks and gears everywhere. Most notably, there's a clock on the back wall of the stage: When it ticks over to 11:11, the show starts; when it moves to 11:12, the show ends.
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  • Clockwork Creatures: The Kurios. The suction cup one in particular bears an unsettling resemblance to a Dalek.
  • Costume Porn: Everyone, but a special mention goes to the named characters.
  • Excuse Plot: Cirque du Soleil is not known for having especially thick plots.
  • Mr. Imagination: The Seeker.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: There's one in it.
  • No Flash Photography, Video, or Cell Phones Warning: Also includes a reminder to the audience to turn off their portable telegraphs.
  • Scenery Porn: The stage is very impressive.
  • Singing Simlish and Speaking Simlish: As with most Cirque shows.
  • Ugly Guy Hot Girlfriend: The fat Mr. Microcosmos and a beautiful, unnamed artist. She performs acrobatic contortions on a flying bicycle, and flies away, dropping him a Love Letter on a parachute.
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside: After a fashion. In-universe, only a minute passes during the whole thing; out-of-universe, the show runs substantially longer.

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