by Sinolwazi April
It was a night filled with excitement, energy and pure talent. The audience was in awe after a mind- blowing performance given by the cast of ‘Cirque Eloize: iD’ at the Artscape theatre last night.
‘Cirque Eloize: iD’ is a high-energy blend of circus art and urban dance; it’s a production for the young at heart featuring an inspiring soundtrack and innovative video projections. Acrobats, aerialists, a trail biker, hip hop and break dancers come together and create a society where two groups celebrate everyone’s distinct identity.
‘iD’ is directed by Jeannot Painchaud and features a cast of 15 acrobats and performers. It incorporates innovative multimedia elements, as well as a rock and electronic inspired soundtrack created by composer Jean-Phi Goncalves and Alex McMahon.
The audience was literally blown away by the production. When asked what their expectation were, some were excited and others undecided. Kimberley “Kim Jayde” Robinson, fashion blogger, originally from Zimbabwe was amongst the crowd and said she was very excited see the show.
“It’s my first time attending such a show. When I saw the promo video of the girl boarding the train, I was like, that’s how I’ll be getting onto a MyCiTi from now on (giggles). I had to come see the show,” said Robinson.
During the first interval, the people were impressed and they were left wanting more. The show seemed to have been a big win with the children. Magdeleen van Wyk, 4, from Bloemfontein who is visiting her grandmother, said she was enjoying the show, especially the aerialists.
The audience liked how entertaining the show was and that its wasn’t just about people jumping around, but had actual variety. Choreographer Corrine de Beer said, “The show was really good and entertaining. I liked the street element they brought to it. For instance, we didn’t see your typical hula hooping, but it was urban/edgy. I liked the fusion of break dancing with contortion.”
After the show the vibe in the room was amazing; people were joyous and energetic. “The show was amazing, I’m speechless. I’m not one to be lost for words, but tonight I was. It was absolutely brilliant and cleverly put together. This was my first time seeing the show and it won’t be my last,” said Nicky de Bruyne.
If you’re intrigued, looking to be entertained, or for an energising way to spend time with your family, then this show is for you.