Posts Tagged ‘Cirque Éloize’

THEATER: Cirque Eloize’s “iD” @ Proctors, 8/3/14

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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Review by Greg Haymes

Last year, the Montreal-based Cirque Eloize made their Proctors summer residency debut with “Cirkopolis,” a fusion of circus performance skills based around a somewhat bleak “Metropolis”-meets-“Brazil” theme, directed by Jeannot Painchaud.

This year they’re back with “iD” – also directed by Painchaud but with an entirely different troupe of performers – and it’s a decidedly more engaging, colorful, accessible and altogether thrilling display of circus skills based on a “West Side Story”-goes-hip-hop theme. And Sunday’s matinee performance was a real doozie.

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LIVE: “Cirkopolis” @ Proctors, 8/7/13

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Cirque Eloiz: Cirkopolis

Review by Greg Haymes

No, it’s not really a circus. But it’s not really a theater piece, either.

Cirque Eloize’s “Cirkopolis” is more of a themed dance performance that incorporates a variety of traditional circus skills – feats of strength and balance, juggling, acrobatics, aerial work and a bit of clowning.

The 12-member troupe from Montreal launched its inaugural summer residency at Proctors in Schenectady on Wednesday (August 7) with the North American premiere of “Cirkopolis,” co-directed by Jeannot Painchaud and choreographer Dave St-Pierre.

There’s not much of an actual narrative woven into the 85-minute show, which concerns the desire to break away from the soul-crushing drudgery of menial, mundane office work. To assert yourself as an individual. To set your soul free. Or as David Crosby once put it so succinctly, “Let your freak-flag fly.” In fact, the entire “plot” can be summed up in about a minute (as Apple did with their iconic Super Bowl commercial).

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LIVE: Open Mic Night @ Club Helsinki, 6/4/13

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Cirque Éloize @ Club Helsinki

Review by Tim Livingston
Photographs by Susan Moore

The weekly open mic night at Club Helsinki in Hudson is rapidly becoming a “happening.” Co-hosted by organist Cameron Melville (aka Bo Hammond) and multi-instrumentalist/performance artist Ryder Cooley, any given Tuesday night can be filled with surprises, with renowned artists such as Tommy Stinson and Meshell Ndegeocello showing up to work out new material, along with a host of talent from the Hudson Valley and beyond sharing their songs, poems, wit and wisdom. This past Tuesday was
no exception as the good folks of Proctors in Schenectady brought along members of Montreal’s Cirque Éloize to preview the upcoming August run of their show, “Cirkopolis.”

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