Cirque’s Kurios – a review

Kurios is a Cirque du Soleil touring production which premiered on April 24, 2014 … looks at a late-19th century world inventor who invents a machine that defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him with steampunk elements …

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It’s charmingly low tech. Retro-futuristic.

I was won over by the first act featuring juggling and percussion. Yes juggling! What a terrific act.

The drums were great too. As a big fan of the Swiss Top Secret Drum Corp (VIDEO), I’ve always wanted Cirque to use more drummers.

Russian Cradle Duo. Aerial Bike. Excellent simple acts with no computerized lighting wizardry.

The mandatory Contortion act is entertaining. But when they started stacking chairs, I was ready to protest. Old school circus is a refreshing throw back, but I’d seen Chinese troupes perfect this act decades ago. Shockingly, that turned out to be the favourite act of one of my non-gymnast friends. It’s a brilliant twist.

The most difficult act is Rola Bola. It looks impossible to me. You have to see it to believe it.

I was happy this show has no “clowns”. The one so-called Clown Act was hilarious. A brilliant bit of physical comedy that reminded me of the best of Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman.

The Hands Puppetry act is fascinating and edgy, as well.

Banquine. Brilliant. These Bases are as good as any I’ve seen.

But the favourite act of the gymnast I was with was Acro Net. Rather than yet another variation of Tramp wall, this show has a gigantic trampoline. Hugely difficult skills done with the assistance of double bounce. Acro Net has tons of future possibilities.

Personally I could live without Invisible Circus and Yo-Yo. But this show has very few dull moments compared to most.

Kurios is a brave and interesting experiment, especially for those who’ve seen a lot of shows.

It travels next to Denver, Chicago, Costa Mesa CA and Los Angeles.

Kurios on Facebook.

related – interview with writer and director Michel Laprise (VIDEO)

Uchimura still not happy

Interviewed following a win at the NHK Cup:

… His overall score of 184.250 — to which half of the points from last month’s All-Japan Championships were added — put him 2.925 ahead of second-place Yusuke Tanaka.

However, the 26-year-old stressed he was not satisfied with his performance.

“I still have plenty of things to improve. I’m looking to put on the ultimate performance,” Uchimura said. …

Kohei Vault

SYSTEM OF BALANCE / Uchimura manages goals as he works toward Rio Games

Tuuha – 2 1/2 Rings dismount

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Day no 4. in Madrid. Todays agenda, new stuff. #Trainingcamp #Madrid #magicmonday #TeamFinland

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Looks like triple twisting double would be possible.

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World Challenge Cup ANADIA

Cubans were shockingly impressive in Portugal. :-)

1 ­Marcia Videaux CUB ­ 15.112
2­ Alexa Moreno MEX ­ 14.900
3­ Makarena Pinto CHI ­ 14.387
– Franchesca Santi CHI ­ 14.337

1­ Jessica López VEN ­ 14.850
2 ­Filipa Martins POR ­ 13.650
3­ Marcia Videaux CUB ­ 13.425

1­ Emma Larsson SWE ­ 13.600
2 ­Ayelen Tarabini ARG ­ 13.475
3 ­Charlotte Sullivan NZL ­ 13.100 … 1st World Cup medal for New Zealand!
– 3­ Tzuf Feldon ISR ­ 13.100 (VIDEO)

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Charlotte’s going to Iowa in 2017

1­ Dorina Boczogo HUN ­ 13.650
2 ­Ayelen Tarbini ARG ­ 13.425
3­ Sasa Golob SLO ­ 13.225

1­ Manrique Larduet CUB ­ 15.075
2­ Ziga Silc SLO ­ 14.925
3­ Caio Souza BRA ­ 14.750

1­ Jossimar Calvo COL ­ 15.325
2 ­Dmitrijs Trefilovs LAT ­ 15.100
3­ Cyrill Tommasone FRA ­ 14.950

1 ­Federico Molinari ARG ­ 15.275
2 ­Manrique Larduet CUB ­ 14.925
3­ Tommy Ramos PUR ­ 14.775 (VIDEO)

Click PLAY or watch Molinari’s Rings on YouTube.

1­ Manrique Larduet CUB ­ 14.812
2 ­Dominick Cunningham GBR ­ 14.625
3­ Vitalijs Kardasovs LAT ­ 14.587

1­ Jossimar Calvo COL ­ 15.950
2 ­Manrique Larduet CUB ­ 15.625
3­ Ashley Watson GBR ­ 15.250

1­ Manrique Larduet CUB ­ 14.975
2 ­Francisco Barreto BRA ­ 14.950
3­ Randy Lerú CUB ­ 14.400

Gymternet has WAG results.

doble en plancha has WAG and MAG results.

Hard Way To Success – Maartje Ruikes

Click PLAY or watch THWTS episode #18 on YouTube. (22min)

Cuba’s Marcia Videaux – Vault

This is the first girl I’ve ever seen who could compete a 2 1/2 twisting Vault from Tsukahara approach. This double twist is easy.

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She’s certainly one of the very best vaulters in the world.

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