For those who think Cirque du Soleil is a little too passé, theres Cirque Éloize iD. There are still contortionists and hand-to-hand acrobatics and in-line skating, but there is also hip-hop, modern, and break dancing all of this is done to an electronica soundtrack. Sixteen artists hail from seven countries.
Jeannot Painchaud, the contemporary cirque director, launched the show more than a year ago in Montreal. Its traveling select places in the country before hitting its European tour slated for this fall, and Miami is privy its going to be here for an unusually long run: until September 4. Painchaud thinks the vibe of the show is something that people from Miami will really get along with.
The setup is cool: Acts take place in front of a video projection to give the impression that the contortionists and b-boys are in front of a cartoon, and each scene is a different page of a book. The idea of a one-of-a-kind video trampowall thats featured in the shows finale has piqued our interest, even though we have no idea what it is exactly.
Cirque Éloize iD opens at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ziff Ballet Opera House (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Tickets cost $25 to $75. Call 305-949-6722, or visit arschtcenter.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 26. Continues through Sept. 4, 2011