"Cirque du Soleil’s hipper, sexier cousin." — The Stage, London "A feast of modern circus." — Sydney Morning Herald "It’s all about defying gravity." — Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
The critically acclaimed circus extravaganza Cirkopolis - by Montreal-based troupe Cirque Éloize - is set to thrill audiences in Dunedin from 23 November.
As its triumphant world tour draws to its end, this will be the first and only time Dunedin audiences will get to see this Drama Desk Award-winning production.
Twelve multi-disciplined acrobatic artists challenge the limits of gravity with their physical prowess and bring to the stage their irrepressible French-Canadian humour, style and colour.
This is the ultimate family show, filled with a mind-blowing blend of acrobatics, theatre, and dance set against a breath-taking and imposing urban cityscape.
"Extraordinary. There's the circus, and then there's Cirque Éloize." — New York Post
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 colour.
“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 humour, at once serious and light-hearted. Entering Cirkopolis is all about letting go and allowing yourself to be borne aloft by hope,” explains Cirque Éloize Cirkopolis artistic director and co-director Jeannot Painchaud.
Since the show began touring in September 2012, it has 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! There’s 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 describing it as “Thrilling, dramatic, astonishing, mesmerizing simply a dream.”
About Cirque Éloize: A driving force in the circus art reinvention movement, Cirque Éloize has been creating award-winning entertainment content for nearly 25 years and ranks among the world’s leading contemporary circuses.
Cirque Éloize has taken part in numerous prestigious international festivals and has seduced both New York’s Broadway and London’s West End. Its productions are crafted for a wide range of audiences and have been embraced by over fifty cultures.
In the last 24 years, Cirque Éloize’s eleven shows have proudly boasted more than 4,000 performances in over 500 cities and have been seen by over three million spectators. iD, Cirkopolis and Saloon are the eighth, ninth and eleventh productions under the Cirque Éloize banner currently touring internationally. In addition to its touring shows, more than 1,500 Cirque Éloize-designed events have taken place worldwide.
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