Cirque Eloize: iD

5 out of 5 stars
Cirque Eloize
Albert Rudnicki

When it comes to contemporary circus, there’s just no beating the nation that created Cirque du Soleil:  After ‘Psy’ by Montreal company 7 Doigts de la Main in 2011, it’s circus Eloize’s turn to wow Paris with their new show, 'iD' (also created in Montreal), which examines the idea of identity and individuality in a society that encourages homogenization. How do individuals deal with public space? And how do we express ourselves? Played at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, and directed by Jeannot Painchaud, ‘iD’ uses a mix of circus acrobatics, loud electro rock and hip-hop to answers those questions. The result is a magnificent, resolutely urban creation that sees jugglers break-dancing, tightrope walkers balancing to the soundtrack of police sirens and bike riders defying the laws of gravity All in all, ‘iD’ promises a wholly novel circus experience for kids and adults alike.

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