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SEEN Reviews: Cirque Éloize iD at Sadler’s Wells’ Peacock Theatre

Sadler’s Wells has always prided itself on being a dance theatre venue for everyone, encompassing all forms of dance from street to classical ballet. It is precisely this down-to-earth approach and refreshing lack of cultural snobbery that makes Cirque Éloize iD such a great night out.

Sadler’s Wells has always prided itself on being a dance theatre venue for everyone, encompassing all forms of dance from street to classical ballet. It is precisely this down-to-earth approach and refreshing lack of cultural snobbery that makes Cirque Éloize iD such a great night out.

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Combining physicality and circus skills makes for a highly entertaining hybrid show. Cirque Éloize hail from Canada and boast 15 artists from several nations and 12 circus disciplines, combined with elements of breakdancing and hip hop. The company’s artistic director Jeannot Painchaud says, ‘ I sought to create an aestheticism at the crossroads of comic books, science-fiction movies and the rich universe of graffiti.’

In this the show succeeds magnificently. The staging was gobsmacking, making spectacular use of projection and colour. The performers swarmed over and through it with the easy agility of monkeys. Evoking the great public spaces at the heart of any big city, gangs fought, lovers met, friends juggled, rode, roller-skated, skipped, trampolined, balanced on hands and poles, danced and contorted themselves for a lively and responsive audience.

A great audience favourite the night SEEN was there was the Trial biker; his bike seemingly an extension of his own limbs as he performed daring feats bouncing over the bodies of his fellow performers and even a bold member of the audience. There was plenty of humour amid the urban cool, and moments of quietness with contortionists, aerial hoops and silks and hand-balancing.

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The only thing SEEN missed was a live orchestra or band to accompany the artists, though I guess that the pace is so fast and the performances so slick that actually, the soundtrack needs to be exactly the same every night. Anyway that’s a small niggle on SEEN’s part; the soundtrack was very good; loud and urban when it needed to be, but quiet and reflective in the more subtle pieces. SEEN recommends this uplifting show for all the family; the remarkable performers are surely an inspiration to future generations. iD is on until 8th October.

www.sadlerswells.com

The Peacock Theatre
Portugal street
Holborn
London
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