By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, COKATO, MN In what have been described as “ice sculptures that don’t melt,” the performers in Cirko Cabaret will amaze audiences Saturday, April 24 at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center.
Last year, several members of the Dassel-Cokato Arts Association board of directors had the opportunity to preview part of the show.
They were so impressed with what they saw, they decided to bring it to the Dassel-Cokato community, according to Colleen Compton, executive director.
The members all agreed that what they saw was a show of “wonder, beauty, art and fun.”
Audience members will see balance boys, the revolving hoop, aerialists, hoola hoops, juggling, acrobatics, and more.
In 2004, the Star Tribune described the show as “more arty than the circus, more avant-garde than Cirque du Soleil, this dreamlike multimedia piece combines aerial work, film, spoken poetry, even hip-hop dance to surreal, often spectacular effect.”
This unique show will be enjoyed by all ages and is great family entertainment, Compton said.
Xelias Performance Company, which produces the show, was founded, and is still being choreographed, by University of Minnesota instructor Meg Elias-Emery.
Emery has 25 years of performance experience and even spent three years performing with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. This was also where she met her husband, Sean, “the Clown.”
She has been teaching circus arts at the University of Minnesota and the Guthrie Theatre’s Actor Training Program for five years.
The performance begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at the PAC.
Tickets are on sale now $15 for adults and $5 for youth by calling (320) 286-4120 or at the Community Education office.
For more information about Xelias and Cirko Cabaret, visit www.watchhumansfly.com.