Directed by Dave St-Pierre and Jeannot Painchaud
Composer STÉFAN BOUCHER
Designer ROBERT MASSICOTTE and LIZ VANDAL
Choreographer Dave St-Pierre
Arata Urawa, Marilou Verschelden, Anna Lewandowska, Dominique Bouchard, Seppe Van Looveren, Yann Leblanc, Klodi Dabkiewicz, Micah Ellinger, Mathew James Brown, Marina Mendoza, Isaac Salter
With Cirkopolis, Cirque Éloize takes their breathtaking blend of circus arts, theater, and dance to a highly-stylized metropolis setting, where twelve acrobats and multidisciplinary artists rebel against monotony, reinvent themselves and challenge the limits of the factory-city as only they can. Performing within an inventive stage design, and accompanied by an original musical score and video projections, they live in a world where fantasy defies reality — the veil of anonymity and solitude is lifted and replaced by bursts of color.
Cirkopolis was imagined as a crossroads—between imagination and reality, between individuality and community, between limits and possibilities. The show is driven by the poetic impulse of life, the physical prowess of the circus and its humor, at once serious and light-hearted. Entering Cirkopolis is all about letting go and allowing yourself to be borne aloft by hope͟, explains Cirque Éloize Cirkopolis. Artistic Director and Co-Director Jeannot Painchaud.
Since the show began touring in September 2012, it received rave reviews from the public and critics alike. The New York Times wrote “There aren’t more beautiful [shows than Cirkopolis]”, while the New York Post wrote “Extraordinary! Theres the circus, and then there’s Cirque Éloize. These guys are on a whole other level. Perez Hilton said “If Christopher Nolan directed the circus, it would be CIRKOPOLIS. Moody. Sexy. A must-see!”and the Montreal Gazette described it as follows “Cirkopolis is a wonder. This was to be expected, given that it is a Cirque Eloize creation.” When the show visited Europe, the reviews were equally enthusiastic, with The Stage writing “An impressively coherent production. Way more than simple entertainment!”, and the Stage in the UK describing it as “Thrilling, dramatic, astonishing, mesmerizing simply a dream. Cirkopolis is co-directed by Cirque Eloize Artistic Director Jeannot Painchaud and Dave St-Pierre and choreographed by Dave St-Pierre.
There are much bigger shows than “Cirkopolis,” 90 minutes of circus-theater by the Cirque Éloize troupe of Montreal. But I’d bet there aren’t more beautiful ones. This wonderful work often errs on the side of simplicity, and that makes even its smaller moments quite stunning.
Ken Jaworowski “A CIRCUS COMBINES “POW” AND SUBTLETY”
THE NEW YORK TIMES , DECEMBER 23, 2013
Cirkopolis is a wonder. This was to be expected, given that it is a Cirque Eloize creation. For the past 20 years this company has delivered one innovative show after another.With Cirkopolis, however, they’ve moved into new territory, somewhere between performance art and dance, while guarding the primal place of top circus acts.
Pat Donnelly “CIRKOPOLIS IS CIRCUS AT ITS MOST ENCHANTING”
THE GAZETTE, November 14, 2013
Duration: 85 minutes, without intermission
Tickets: 60, 55, 30, 15 GEL