Acrobats Who Love Electronica Music

For those who think Cirque du Soleil is a little too passé, there’s 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. It’s traveling select places in the country before hitting its European tour slated for this fall, and Miami is privy — it’s 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” that’s featured in the show’s 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
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 26. Continues through Sept. 4, 2011


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