It’s nearly lunch time on a Wednesday in a sleepy Japanese town called Sendai, and there’s a long line of people queueing to get into a big tent. No, they’re not office workers queueing to get into some hip Michelin-starred ramen joint for lunch. They’re lining up to enter the Big Top tent where Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is showing (the Cirque crew tell us that, oddly, noontime shows only work in Japan). This is the show’s final stop before it lands in Singapore on Jul 5 to Aug 4 at the Big Top next to Marina Bay Sands (the tent’s already up!), and we’re here to suss the scene onstage and backstage at the revered Canadian circus company’s most fantastical, imaginative show we’ve seen in a while.

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Cirque du Soleil’s iconic Big Top tent will receive a makeover when it lands on our shores: instead of the blue-and-yellow structure perched here in Sendai, you’ll get to see the debut of the spanking new grey-and-white Big Top at Bayfront Ave.

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