When Eirini Tornesaki was accepted into Berklee School of Music at age 17, she knew making her way from her native Crete to the acclaimed college in Boston would be a struggle.
“Since I was 14 it was my dream to attend,” says Tornesaki, now 24. “I got a $20,000 scholarship, but my parents couldn’t afford it still — even to just fly me there.”
Tornesaki had to postpone her dream, but the gifted vocalist has still found her way to the Bay State: she hits Boston in Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities,” running under the Big Top at Suffolk Downs from May 26th to July 10th.
And Tornesaki stunning vocals are just one component of the show, a fusion of music, acrobatics, and comedy set amidst a Steampunk Industrial Revolution. Audience members step inside the cabinet of a mad scientist working to invent new ways to travel to a parallel universe. Everyone from the band members and contortionists to the acrobats and yo-yo masters play a role in the scientist’s journey, which celebrates the greatest inventions of the 19th century, simultaneously spun into a web of "Mad Max"-esque chaos.
“It’s really celebrating the era of all the great inventions,” says Tornesaki, who performs throughout the show with one of those inventions, a gramophone, propped on her head. “It’s when music became something you could hear in your living room.”