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All the right moves at Cirque Eloize iD

Reasons why you need to buy tickets to this invigorating show.

Kristen Lazarte
Kristen Lazarte

Published: 1 March 2016, 3:31 AM

With its loud music, vibrant costumes and set, and impressive break-dances, Cirque Eloize iD is a show you need to watch, even if you’re not into break-dancing and hip hop.

Cirque Eloize iD (pronounced “CIRQ EL-WAHZ”) is a contemporary circus act that combines imagination with music, dance and theatre. Based in Quebec, Canada, it has 10 original productions to its name and has performed in more than 440 cities, including Hong Kong and London.

SANCHEZ (LEFT) AND DELTELL (RIGHT) SCALING THE WALLS IN THE TRAMPOLINE ACT.

Throughout the 30-minute media preview on Feb 26, we were entertained from the beginning to end, leaving us feeling energised.

The first act of the show featured a love story with some cool slo-mo action. Acrobats Caroline Baillon and Connor Houlihan were absolutely riveting in performing hand-to-hand acts.

Unlike the popular Cirque du Soleil troupe, the entertainers in Cirque Eloize were fresh with valor. I was gripped to my seat with anticipation as they pulled off their daring tricks on stage. Maybe it was part of their act, or just first day jitters, but their stunts were a tad unpolished that evening.

Kinks aside, there was never a lull in their whole performance. Within the first hour (it felt shorter, because they kept me enthralled), we were treated to bouts of breakdancing, juggling, bike and rope stunts, aerial hoops and more.

We were also surprised with another romantic scene by dancers Nicole Winter and Jon Larrucea, and it was truly #couplegoals.

THERE WERE PLENTY OF HIGH ELEMENT ACTS AMIDST THE DANCING.

Before the media preview last Friday, we also had the opportunity to talk to two of the dancers, Forty from Canada and Kone Thong from France.

Forty shared some great advice on gaining self-confidence: “In the beginning, it’s difficult… My teacher had to take me [aside], and teach me step-by-step. But, it’s really something you get used to it. You just have to force yourself, and pretend to be confident, and eventually pretending [becomes] real life.”

KONE THONG VONGPRASEUTH (LEFT) AND FORTY NGUYEN SHOWING OFF THEIR MOVES.

Personally, I had a cathartic experience watching this show. If you are catching the show, look out for my favourite act – the trampoline performance. I have never seen such skill and nimbleness in any trampoline performance, and it was amazing that all of them coordinated their moves to the last second.

I’d definitely rate it a 10/10, so get yourself (and your friends) tickets to their show before the troupe leaves Singapore!

Cirque Eloize iD is now showing at the Sands Theatre until March 6, 2016. Tickets, starting from S$45, are available at all SISTIC counters.


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