Cirque du Soleil landed in the parking lot of Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie in early February, and it had enough to charm and amaze my cynical self. The Montreal troupe’s traveling Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is staged under an enormous 62-foot-high tent that seats 2,600. Subtitled “Reality Is Relative,” the show outfits its jugglers, dancers, magicians, and acrobats in steampunk-flavored costumes as they perform in a kind of murky, surreal, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea atmosphere.
Kurios features amazingly limber athletes/performers who all possess a sexy physicality. But in addition to the buff bodies of men and women who fly through the air or catch people flying through the air, there are regular Joes and Janes like the schlubby, Einstein-like character called the Seeker. He’s the de facto MC, if you can call a mime an MC.
Be warned: Cirque fans dress for the occasion, so there’s no telling if you’ll end up sitting behind a woman with a giant mullet or a man with a beehive hairdo crowned by a black top hat. Although the crowd participation doesn’t rise to the level of, say, the antics at The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a couple of the acts break the wall between the audience and the artists, especially right before show time.