| May 18, 2016 | Culture
Cirque du Soleil’s newest spectacle reaches unbelievable heights.
Mind-bending! Kurios’ performers honor the show’s spirit by seeming to defy the laws of physics.
Drummers, jugglers, and dancers intertwine. Others contort in a pyramid. One (super)man propels himself a story high into the air. Just another day in the life of a Cirque du Soleil performer… Ask Natick native Dave Locke, who travels as an acrobat in Cirque’s new physics-defying performance, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities.
The show tells the story of an inventor who enters his “curious” cabinet to find a dream world that pushes the boundaries of imagination and reality, allowing him to defy the laws of time and space to reinvent his world. You’ll think you’re dreaming, too, once you lay eyes on the Acronet—Cirque’s revolutionary 20-by-30-foot trampoline that launches performers 30 feet into the air.
Locke and his castmates don an electric array of aquatic animal costumes (the show’s stylings feature a strong steampunk vibe) while somersaulting and soaring towards the big top’s roof. “It’s almost like I get double the airtime that I’m used to because I’m going up 30 feet and then falling 30 feet,” says Locke. “There’s a lot more options of what I can do in the air.” We don’t want to miss a single move. May 26 through July 10 at Suffolk Downs, 525 McClellan Hwy.
photography by Martin girard/shootstudio.ca/copyright 2014 cirque du soleil