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Cirque Eloize iD: Contemporary circus arts and dance explodes on stage

Staff Reporter

?Award winning Cirque Éloize iD is in South Africa for the first time. The show openened at the Teatro at Montecasino, Johannesburg on August 19.

Cirque Éloize combines circus arts with theatre, dance and music in an original manner it has positioned itself at the heart of the renewal of circus arts. (Supplied)

Cirque Éloize iD (pronounced ‘serk ehl-wahz’) combines circus arts and urban dance within a high-energy non-stop fusion of lights, sound and incredible body movements. This unique stage show features astounding acrobatic disciplines with hip-hop and street dances to give a fresh and high octane spin to modern circus.

Since the founding of the company in 1993, Cirque Éloize combines circus arts with theatre, dance and music in an original manner it has positioned itself at the heart of the renewal of circus arts. 

With ten original productions to its credit, Cirque Éloize has presented more than 4 000 performances in 440 cities, in some 40 countries around the world. The company has also been presented in international festivals around the world and has won numerous awards including 10 medals and prizes at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. 

Cirque Éloize gets its name from the flashes of lightning that is seen on the horizon. As the curtain goes up, the energy on stage equals that generated by lightning during a Highveld thunderstorm. The troupe from Montreal – also home of Cirque du Soleil – comprises of 14 performers who incorporate 13 circus disciplines, as well as urban dance. 

What exactly is Cirque Éloize iD? Imagine a deserted urban space that comes to life on stage with an adrenaline rush as the electronic yet poetic rock music begins and an array of playful, skilled and youthful city dwellers meet on the streets to captivate you with their movements as the city comes alive in an explosion of light, sound and non-stop movement.  

Last year The Guardian summed up the show by saying, “Take the energy of a small nuclear explosion and add the attitude of a stroppy teenager and you have iD.” 

Cirque Éloize iD shows are currently onstage at the Teatro at Montecasino for a limited season. Tickets available via Computicket

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