iD by Cirque Éloize in Montreal's Old Port. Directed and written by Jeannot Painchaud, iD is Cirque Éloize's seventh and most recent production presented as part of the 2010 Montréal Complètement Cirque Festival.
Located next to Cirque du Soleil's big top in Montreal's Old Port, Cirque Éloize was not overshadowed by the experience or renown of its neighbour. The smaller space made for a more intimate performance, and in some instances, the acrobats were performing just a few metres away.The 15 performers put on an awe-inspiring show set to loud pulsating techno music. Showcasing their own strengths and individuality, the performers competed with one another in street dancing and acrobatics, continually upping the ante, making each number more spectacular than the last. The stage structure with its endless array of compartments was transformed with each successive projection, transporting us to a different urban landscape. Each performer had his/her own signature look, both funky and urban. The performers' sex appeal came from their exuberance, as it should, not their costumes. This was fairly girl-positive, as it showed women being active and feeling good about themselves. Maybe next time, they could have some girls doing some strength acrobatics and move completely away from the tired old strong man-petite beauty narrative. Now that would be inspiring.
Have you ever seen a show that has completely taken you by surprise?
This show was nothing short of mesmerizing, and when the lights came on, the four of us had huge smiles on our faces. As we were leaving, I said to my husband, "It feels like we haven't been out in years."
Mural (top left) on Prince Arthur by MU.
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