Cirque Eloize iD

Cirque Eloize ID

Directed by Jeannot Painchaud

At the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago

Jaw-dropping excitement fuels manic performance art show


Director/creator Jaennot Painchaud (a Montreal native) has created several spectacular interdisciplinary performance art shows that has thrilled audiences world wide over the last decade or so and his current production, in a USA premiere in Chicago at the Palace Theatre, is his most spectacular show to date. It is the finest, most innovative and manic show yet by Painchaud. It has a vibrantly sophisticated use of video projections yet seen on a Chicago stage to blend with the 16 artists each at the top of their art. The result is 2 hours of pure enjoyment with some thrills and eye-popping stunts.

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Eloize iD’s concept features a contemporary urban setting that is peopled by vibrant street scenes with boundless energy: acrobats, break dancers, contortions with a fearless stunt biker spare, fight and love against a kaleidoscope of urban life. Citylife is depicted from science-fiction, comic bokk and graffiti art each in vivid display through brilliant video.

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The 16 brave performers blend an original electronic score (composed by Jean-Phi Goncalves) with 10 different urban dance and circus arts. The skilled talents (from seven countries) showcase thrilling skills such as juggling, contortion, in-line skating, stilts, Cyr Wheel, hand balancing, straps, bike trial, Chinese pole and various aerial silks that move swiftly toward the spectacular finale on the dynamic trampowall. Words can’t do this amazingly interesting and usually surprising show justice.It simply must be seen to be believed.  This incredible show is breath-taking, jaw-dropping and eye-popping.  Get to the Palace Theatre to see this exciting performance art show – it’ll dazzle you! Hurry, there are only 7 more performances in thus run.

Highly Recommended

Tom Williams

Talk Theatre in Chicago podcast

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2011

At the Cadillac Palace, 151 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL, www.broadwayinchicago.com, tickets $20 – $75, Saturday, April 30 at 2 & 8 pm, Sunday, May 1 at 1 pm, Friday, May 6 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, May 7 at 2 & 8 pm, Sunday, May 8 at 1 pm, running time is 2 hours with intermission, through May 8, 2011