Cirque Eloize iD returns to Singapore after 5 years, a thrilling night full of impressive feats of human strength, attitude and grace. 15 world-class young stage performers combined with 13 circus disciplines provided a spectacular, high-energy production blending jaw dropping acrobatics, hip hop and street dance into one show called Cirque Éloize – iD. Eloize, (pronounced as eh-loo-ahs according to one of its performers*) ; small cast per se thus it evolves in measuring each performer’s breadth of expertise. There is no solid storyline however marrying West Side Story and Hiphop is a brilliant move to provide supreme entertainment. Looking from left to right inside the Mastercard Theater of the Marina Bay Sands, I’ve seen a few biting their fingernails in suspense.
Cirque Eloize, (a much younger sister of Cirque du Soleil) showcases the unique talents of an international troupe of artists, showcasing skills such as juggling, contortion, in-line skating, stilts, Cyr wheel, hand balancing, straps, bike trial, Chinese pole and aerial silks, building to a spectacular finale on the dynamic trampowall. They have successfully blended these 4 elements in one stage: dance, clowning, original music, and theatricality. Cirque Éloize is a relatable experience as it showcased the everyday life in the city. Audience got drowned with a ton of amazing visuals, the vortex scenes, performers walking on air- wow, the ever changing walls are breathtaking.
Since the company was founded in 1993, Cirque Éloize has become a world leader in contemporary circus arts, with almost 4000 performances in more than 500 cities and over 50 countries around the globe to its credit. Staging innovative productions, the company specializes in creating shows that combine circus arts with theater, dance and music in a path-breaking manner. Director Jeannot Painchaud first started with the music which was originally mixed by his own group of friends called The Beast. The set, costume design, directions and the rest flowed afterwards more freely.
Set against an urban backdrop Cirque Eloize iD transports the audience into the vibrant streets at the heart of a big city. The stage comes alive with the boundless energy of acrobats, break dancers, contortionists and a fearless stunt biker who perform against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping multimedia elements drawn from science-fiction films, comic books and graffiti. All this action is accompanied by a rock and electronica inspired soundtrack created by composers Jean-Phi Goncalves and Alex McMahon.
Cirque Eloize iD performers were all crowd-pleasers. Excellent choreography, infused with constant energy and edginess, Cirque Eloize iD housed a troupe of young artists expressing iDentity and inDividuality in the city of today.