Cirque Éloize’s ‘iD’ will be making its Cape Town debut on Wednesday, November 16, at the Artscape Theatre complex with just fifteen performances of the high-energy production that blends breathtaking acrobatics and street dance, scheduled for the Mother City. (Tickets are now on sale at Computicket.)
Directed by Jeannot Painchaud and brought to South Africa by leading local promoter, Showtime Management, Cirque Éloize’s ‘iD’ has been seen by more than 1 million people in over 1000 performances in almost 100 cities across the globe in 30 countries over the past seven years. On stage, Cape Town audiences can to see expect speed, powerful performances and a jaw-dropping trampoline-finale. Behind the scenes there’s a story, a dream and a host of facts and figures.
‘iD’ is one of eleven original productions under the Cirque Éloize banner. Positioned at the heart of the renewal of circus arts, this Montreal-based company has been wowing audiences for more than 23 years.
Boasting more than 4000 performances in over 500 cities and 50 countries, the worldwide popularity of Cirque Éloize has seen steady growing over the years. In addition to its touring shows, Cirque Éloize develops custom made concepts for international special events. To date, more than 1400 events have taken place, seen by over 3 million spectators.
‘iD’ recently played to full houses in London, receiving rave reviews in the process.
Cirque Éloize’s ‘iD’ is a blend of circus arts and urban dance: b-boying/b-girling, breakdance, hip-hop and more. The scene is set in the heart of a city, in a public space where people seek refuge and a chance to shed their anonymity; “a place where identity is forged and individuality is expressed” to a soundtrack created by composers Jean-Phi Goncalves (Beast) and Alex McMahon.
The company is integrating multimedia for the first time in its ninth original creation, giving this show a feel all its own. Fifteen performers from 14 disciplines help create ‘iD’s’ entertaining and resolutely urban universe, in keeping with Cirque Éloize’s tradition of using multidisciplinary performers from around the world.
The show’s first season at Montecasino three years ago resulted in a sold out signs and a high demand for tickets.
The volume of requests lead to this year’s return SA season, which includes Cape Town for the first time.
Audiences in the two cities can look forward to 44 performances by 15 artists including acrobats, aerialists, a trial biker plus hip hop and break dancers in an intimate theatre setting.