The only problem with this show is…that it had to end.
Not to be confused with Cirque Du Soleil (though they both originate from Canada), Cirque Eloize iD is a circus act that centers around the urban street scene -think West Side Story, break dancing, graffiti-sprayed walls etc.…Blending jaw dropping, circus acts which include street bikes, contortionist, in-line skating and more that blew our mind away!
In fact it is the street setting, a less theatrical setting which the general public can identify with, that enhanced the appeal for this unique production. Performed by the Montreal-based circus company Cirque Eloize, the 1 week only shows at MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands Centre are a visual celebration of performing arts, blending all forms of dance and physical flexibility using genres of street-dance, hip-hop and acrobatics. Every act seemed so humanly unattainable yet so precisely executed! Accompanied by the stunning visual video projection backdrops, the performances drew gasps, spontaneous applause and bewilderment from the audience, young and old.
Right from the get go, the opening act with the ‘pole man’ got us transfixed to the stage. The artist scales the pole several feet high with such great ease that it looks as if there was some invisible hand pushing him up. He then free-falls down the pole head first, stopping just inches from the ground. The subsequent acts came fast and furious, riveting us to our seats. The energy is palpable, the music pulsating with the occasional mystic touch. This is one cirque production that kept us at the edge of the seat all the way with their top-notch acrobatic acts.
Watch a short video excerpt of the energetic Cirque Eloize iD from the Media Preview:
Watch out for some of these acts that caused our heart to skip a beat and our jaws to touch the floor – the pole man, the aerial acrobat, the construction worker juggler, the rope skippers, the trampoline hoppers (Wow! Wow! Wow!), the BMX Biker and who can forget the unbelievable contortionist. Other commendable acts include the spiralling revolutions in the Cyr Wheel (sort of like a giant hula hoop), a balancing act on top of several chairs mounted on top of one another, the BMX bicycle rider jumping over different objects including an audience member, and definitely the ‘Trampowall’, which served as a rousing finale. Cirque Eloize would appeal to anyone with an appetite for risk and adventure, particularly teenagers into street fashion, culture and extreme sports. Get your tickets before the troupe moves on to the next urban city!
Back in Singapore by popular demand, Cirque Eloize iD is a contemporary urban circus production with 16 world-class stage performers boasting of skills from 10 circus disciplines! This makes for a thrilling, jaw-dropping acrobatic and heart-pounding musical performance at the MasterCard Theatres.
Created by Jeannot Painchaud, 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 video projections drawn from science-fiction films, comic books and graffiti.
Weaving together urban dance with 10 different circus arts, Cirque Eloize iD showcases the unique talents of an international troupe of artists displaying skills such as juggling, contortion, in-line skating, stilts, Cyr wheel, hand balancing, straps, bike trial, Chinese pole and aerial silks, building up to a spectacular finale on the dynamic trampowall.
Cirque Eloize iD
Fri, 26 Feb to Sun, 6 Mar 2016
Thur and Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 2pm & 7.30pm
Sun (28 Feb): 1pm & 6pm
Sun (6 Mar): 1pm
Venue: MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Disclaimer: We were invited to the Media Preview of Cirque Eloize for the purposes of this review. All opinions are as usual ours. Photos are credited to Base Entertainment Asia and Cirque Eloize, unless watermarked.