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Cirque Éloize Performs “iD” at UNC March 1st and 2nd

irque Éloize performs "iD" on March 1st and 2nd (photo by Valérie Remise)

Cirque Éloize performs "iD" on March 1st and 2nd in Memorial Hall (photo by Valérie Remise)

Carolina Performing Arts will present Cirque Éloize in iD, a magnificent multimedia show written and directed by Jeannot Painchaud, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1st, and Wednesday, March 2nd, in Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Only a limited number of tickets remain for these two performances by the Quebec-based nouveau cirque (contemporary circus) troupe.

According to Carolina Performing Arts:

“A dynamic mix of new circus and urban dance, iD features [13] circus disciplines against a throbbing backdrop of hip-hop, rock music, and sci-fi videos. With its signature mix of human poetry, physical feats, and playful energy, Cirque Éloize sets iD in a public place in the heart of a futuristic city — a spot where we can seek refuge and escape anonymity, express our individuality, affirm our identity, and reclaim possession of public space.

“Creating magical, poetic works combining circus arts with music, dance, and theater, Cirque Éloize takes part in many prestigious international festivals and conquered Broadway with its hit show Rain, performed in Memorial Hall in October 2007.”

On the Cirque Éloize website, Jeannot Painchaud writes:

“At Cirque Éloize, we have always nurtured our shows through encounters with creators from different horizons. We have also always favored a multidisciplinary artistic approach, which is enriched with artists of several nationalities.

“This new creation is no exception.

“Sixteen artists on stage, thirteen circus disciplines, and the discovery of a world which is new to us, that of urban dances, such as breakdance and hip-hop.

“I imagined this show at the heart of a futuristic city, where the omnipresence of image causes us to lose our reference points. I sought to create an aesthetic at the crossroads of comic books, science-fiction movies and the rich universe of graffiti.

“The decidedly rock, electronic, and poetic music, coupled with the presence of video, highlight the show’s playful, energetic, youthful and urban aspects.

“In the middle of this surreal megalopolis exists a public place. A public place, as a spot where one can seek refuge and escape anonymity, to express one’s individuality and affirm one’s identity, in order to reclaim possession of public space, and to dance the city…

“An area for encounters, a site of passage, a hood where clans confront one another, where friendships are woven. Where love is created, and dissolved.

“I invite you to join us on this new adventure.”

Carolina Performing Arts presents Cirque Éloize in ID at 7:30 p.m. March 1 and 2 in Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC 27514, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

TICKETS: $20-$55 ($10 students).

BOX OFFICE: 919/843-3333 or







iD: (official web page).

Cirque Éloize: (official website) andÉloize (Wikipedia).

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