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Make a Day of It: Cirque du Soleil – Kurios

I have been to one Cirque du Soleil performance – the Michael Jackson tribute ONE – in Las Vegas. To be honest, I am not a fan of Las Vegas – I don’t gamble and I am a boring homebody – so I’m excited to be able to enjoy their show without having to go to the desert. Kurios is running from August 24 through October 8, and tickets start at just $39 (another reason to see Cirque do Soleil in Portland rather than Vegas).

Offering a combination of artistry, dance, and aerial acrobatics, Cirque’s showmanship keeps you entranced from the first spotlight. The athleticism of the Cirque performers is nothing short of amazing, so it makes a great evening out after a morning long run. Special discounts are offered to groups of 12+ and for family ticket packs, so why not bring your training group and gain a little inspiration to take a core strength and stretching class?

The premise of Kurios:

In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden 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, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

The shows are beautifully choreographed; movement draws your attention around the stage without overwhelming the senses. The athletes of Cirque are impressive, yet they make it look effortless. The same way elite distance runners can churn out sub-5 minute miles and look like they’re barely exerting themselves, the leaps, flips, and poses on the Cirque stage will take your breath away. Especially impressive is their work on trampolines – it’s just cool to see someone flying 30 feet into the air.

You can select your seats to Kurios at the Portland Expo Center online here. Most of the $39 tickets are for weeknights, but weekend show tickets are still available for less than $50 for some dates, and you can get into the really good seats for around $105. Shows are Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8p, with a 4:30p show on Fridays and Saturdays, and Sundays at 1p and 5p.

Another good reason to go with your running friends – you’ll have something exciting to discuss at your next run!

About Kelly Barten (979 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

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