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Review of iD by Cirque Eloize at The Peacock Theatre

iD by CirqueiD is a brand new show by Cirque Eloize, currently playing at The Peacock Theatre in Holborn, London.

Cirque Eloize was founded by Jeannot Painchaud, Daniel Cyr and Julie Hamelin in Quebec, Canada in 1993. The company is currently made up of 15 unbelievably talented and highly skilled performers, and is directed by Jeannot Painchaud. This vibrant and dynamic company have produced a world-class show that has to be seen to be believed.

Cirque Eloize have created a fusion of circus acts, urban dance, ballet, contemporary and theatrical stunts and blended it perfectly with a funky and edgy lighting design and beat-heavy music that has just as much of an impact as the performers.

The show starts with what looks like a busy street with the entire company walking back and forth, dressed in stylish and eye-catching white and silver costumes. As the performers filled and cleared the stage I was amazed at how strong and full of energy their walks were, this was when I knew it was going to be an impressive show. As the crowd scene slowly came to a stop, two dancers remained on stage and began a very beautiful ballet and contemporary-inspired dance routine. It was clear almost immediately that the pair were linked romantically. The scene that then started to build set me in mind of West Side Story as a group of men came onto the stage, pulled the young girl away and started to try and physically intimidate the man left on stage.

As the show progressed the story of two rival gangs began to emerge through this unique delivery of story-telling, never before has the term ‘poetry in motion’ been more apt than for this show. For those people that think circus skills begin and end with tight-rope walking and juggling three balls, you need to see this show to broaden your horizon of what actual circus skills are. There is a section of the show where juggling is taken to a completely new level that I never knew existed, I don’t want to give away too much as it was a fantastic surprise for me and I would like it to be a surprise for everyone but all I will say is that at one point there were 8 balls being juggled.

There is a particular performer in the company who has a specialist skill in contortion, I have never in my life seen anyone achieve such shapes and movements with their body, it truly was an unbelievable sight that left the entire audience amazed. Not also can she display her contortion skills on stage but also whilst suspended in the air on silks.
The company works seamlessly together and clearly have a great deal of trust in one another which results in a very slick and highly polished show.

If you have an interest in dance, circus skills or you simply just appreciate unique talent and hard work then iD by Cirque Eloize is most definitely the show for you and will not disappoint in any way at all.

Review by Haydn James

Cirque Eloize — iD
In his return to directing, Jeannot Painchaud presents a show crackling with daring and modernity. The brand new creation 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 the 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 stimulating soundtrack created by composers Jean-Phi Goncalves (Beast) and Alex McMahon.

For the first time, this dazzling new production incorporates multimedia elements, giving this show a unique feel. Fourteen performers from 12 disciplines help create iD’s entertaining and unmistakeably urban universe, in keeping with Cirque Éloize’s tradition of using multidisciplinary performers from around the world.

Peacock Theatre
Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Age Restrictions: Under 5s will not be admitted.
Booking Until: 19th October 2013
Important Info: Contains strobe lighting.

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  • Haydn James

    Haydn trained as an actor at Rose Bruford Drama School. He has worked nationally and internationally in theatre and as an actor and entertainer in some of London’s top tourist attractions. He is now training to be a drama and performing arts lecturer. Haydn has always had a passion and love for the theatre and enjoys watching as much theatre as possible. Follow on Twitter @HaydnJames82

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