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It’s a thrilling spectacle of circus arts and urban dance never seen before in this country as Cirque Éloize’s iD heads to South Africa next year.
Directed by Jeannot Painchaud, iD is a high- energy production, blending acrobatics, street dance and hip hop. The show opens at the Teatro at Montecasino on August 14.
Brought out by Hazel Feldman’s Showtime Management, iD has been seen in nearly 600 performances in 50 cities across the globe. In this show the contemporary circus world meets the world of urban dances. Set in an inner-city environment, iD explores the themes of identity, individuality and autonomy in a culture where omnipresent images cause us to lose our reference points, making us express the same values by way of different codes. The show’s energy and poetry will surpass the expectations of audiences and make iD the talk of “Jozi” in 2014.
“The recent runaway success of the show in London says it all – this is a unique and massively exciting show for the whole family – kind of a Tap Dogs on steroids!” says Feldman.
Cirque Éloize has become a world leader in circus arts. The company specialises in creating shows that combine circus arts with theatre, dance and music in a path-breaking manner. Cirque Éloize recently partnered with Cirque du Soleil.
iD features a cast of 15 acrobats and performers, and incorporates innovative multimedia elements, as well as a rock- and electronica-inspired soundtrack created by composers Jean-Phi Goncalves and Alex McMahon. In iD, acrobatics is combined with hip hop and street dances, giving a fresh and high octane spin to the modern circus.
The show’s director, Jeannot Painchaud, says, “…imagine two rival gangs, sharing a public place at the heart of a city, and seeking to express their iDentity and inDividuality, and you have iD.”
Since the show started touring in 2010, it has received rave reviews from the public and critics alike. The Toronto Star wrote “You’re not going to find a more energetic, mind-blowing, roof-raising piece of entertainment than iD”, while The Boston Globe said: “Astonishing! A truly memorable evening with propulsive music and explosive dancing!” To put it simply, the Montreal Gazette described it as “West Side story gone hip hop circus”.
So get ready to be blown away by the mesmerising, pulsating and captivating performance. – Tonight Reporter
Visit www.montecasino.co.za or www.showtime.co.za. Follow Cirque Éloize iD on Twitter @showtime_SA and Facebook /showtimemanagementsa Tickets priced from R120 to R400 at Computicket. Call 0861 915 8000 or 011 340 8000, visit www.computicket.com or nearest Computicket outlet.