Cirque Eloize iD at Adrienne Arsht Center
From director Jeannot Painchaud: “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.”
Cirque Eloize iD
If you go
What: ‘Cirque Éloize iD’
Where: Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, through Sept. 4
Info: 305-949-6722, www.arshtcenter.org
When he was growing up in Poland, Krzysztof Soroczynski discovered a magical space on his grandmothers farm. The boy, his brother and cousin turned a large barn into their personal playground, a place where they could build traps and tunnels, hide from each other, then jump out, leap from the tops of haystacks. There, Soroczynski got the first taste of his future life as an acrobat.
For me, that barn was alive, he says. There were small animals and strange noises. The doors were like huge arms, hugging us.
Decades later, Soroczynski has recreated his barn experience in the most uncommon of places: as the showpiece act in Cirque Éloize iD, this summers hoped-for blockbuster at Miamis Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Opening Tuesday and running through Sept. 4, the show is a made-for-the-stage urban circus, a blend of traditional circus arts (juggling, contortionists, aerialists, acrobats and the like), hip-hop, break dancing, electronica and other music. This interdisciplinary fusion is displayed in ever-changing combinations on a cityscape set which, at the right moment, reveals itself as Soroczynskis barn-inspired invention: the trampowall.
I wanted the wall to be alive, just like my childhood barn, he says. The acrobats move, and the trampoline reacts as well; the wall moves. Its nearly like another show.
Jeannot Painchaud, one of the artists who launched Cirque Éloize in 1993, is the companys artistic director as well as creator-director of iD. The trampowall, a kind of vertical multilevel trampoline, came about, he explains, because the show needed a masterpiece.
He adds: Its eight minutes of people jumping everywhere, like kamikazes. Windows open, doors come out. It really represents when people take possession of a city, when it becomes their territory.
iD is the seventh show from the Montreal-based Cirque Éloize. Cirque du Soleil, whose Alegría is running at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise through July 31, is the larger, better-known and more prolific Canadian circus company. But both troupes have partnered in presenting iD, and future collaborations are in the works.
Soroczynski observes the companies differences:
Cirque du Soleil does huge shows under the huge top, he says. Cirque Éloize was developed for proscenium presentations. We have smaller casts of multi-disciplinary artists. Each cirque excels in its own specialties, and both are unique. But Cirque du Soleil will help us with new possibilities.
Cirque Éloize iD follows such past summer hits as Slavas Snowshow and Fuerza Bruta into the Arshts Ziff Ballet Opera House. Scott Shiller, the centers executive vice president, argues that iD has the edginess of Fuerza Bruta and the family friendliness of Slavas Snowshow.
Its engaging. You can bring the family and your abuela, Shiller says. At the same time, the sound and imagery are similar to Fuerza Bruta. Its like Miamis psyche. I think Jeannot created it for Miami, even if he didnt know it at the time. Its contemporary, exciting, nonverbal. I think the audience will feel very much at home.
To bolster that connection, Shiller dreamed up an interactive media wall that will launch with iD, perhaps becoming part of the shows future engagements or other shows at the Arsht. The centers tech wizards are making the wall a reality, but Shiller explains the idea.
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