Cirque Eloize's ID Opens at the Teatro at Montecasino Tonight

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Baptiste Montassier in Cirque Éloize's ID

For 20 years now, Cirque Éloize has been taking the public and critics by storm in more than 440 cities around the world. Cirque Éloize's dazzling and energetic show entitled ID comes to South Africa for the very first time at the Teatro at Montecasino opening tonight, 19 August.

This astonishing modern circus transports audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape. This visual spectacular comes to life with the boundless energy of acrobats, break dancers and contortionists, who perform against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping video projections, building to a stunning finale on a one-of-a-kind video trampowall. Everyone will love this mind-blowing fusion of new theatrical circus arts and urban dance. Audiences will not want to miss an experience that is like no other show ever seen before in South Africa.

Based on the multidisciplinary talents of its artists, Cirque Éloize expresses its innovative nature through theatricality and humanity, and combines circus arts with music, dance and theatre in a path-breaking and original manner. With ID, Cirque Éloize presents a show positively crackling with daring and modernity, a blend of circus arts and urban dance, with b-boying, b-girling, breakdance, hip-hop and more. The scene is set in the heart of a city, in a public space where people seek refuge and a chance to shed their anonymity, a place where identity is forged and individuality is expressed to a stimulating soundtrack created by composers Jean-Phi Goncalves and Alex McMahon.

The mesmerizing integration of multimedia gives this show a unique feel. Fourteen performers from twelve disciplines help create ID's entertaining and resolutely urban universe, in keeping with Cirque Éloize's tradition of using multidisciplinary performers from around the world.

Since the founding of the company in Canada in 1993, Cirque Éloize has been expressing its innovative nature through theatricality and humanity. By combining circus arts with theater, dance and music in an original manner it has positioned itself at the heart of the renewal of circus arts. With ten original productions to its credit, Cirque Éloize has presented more than 4 000 performances in 440 cities, in some 40 countries around the world. The company has also been presented in international festivals around the world and has won numerous awards including 10 medals and prizes at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. In addition to its touring shows, Cirque Éloize develops custom made concepts for international special events. To date, more than 1 300 such events have taken place. Cirque Éloize currently has two shows on tour, ID and CIRKOPOLIS, and more information about the company can be found on the company's website.

It is time for a dance-fuelled adrenaline rush. Get ready to be blown away by the pulsating and captivating performances that make Cirque Éloize's ID the not-to-be-missed family entertainment happening of the year. Showtime Management (SA), the local promoters of the show, has extended ID by a week to accommodate public demand - but the show must close on 14 September. Showtime Management was originally founded by Hazel Feldman, who now works with her son and partner, Tony, to set the benchmark for the presentation of quality, international-standard shows and events, many of which have been presented throughout Asia, Europe and Las Vegas. Concert productions produced by Showtime Management have included Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, George Benson and a host of other international and local artists as well as the FIFA 2010 Kick-off Concert with John Legend. Musical Theatre productions include FAME, CHICAGO, WE WILL ROCK YOU, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, RENT, MAMMA MIA!, DREAMGIRLS, MENOPAUSE: THE MUSICAL, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, DIRTY DANCING and JERSEY BOYS.

With a limited season of only four weeks, patrons are encouraged to book their tickets at Computicket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The show runs at the Teatro at Montecasino from 19 August until 14 September 2014, on Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20:00, with a Saturday matinee at 15:00 and Sunday shows at 14:00 and 18:00. Ticket prices range from R120 - R 400 and special family packages with tickets costing R300 each are available at certain performances through Computicket. Students with a valid student card can enjoy a 50% discount on top price tickets only, subject to availability ath the box office at the Teatro at Montecasino. For Montecasino Group Hospitality and Show and Stay Packages, dial telephone 011 367 4250. For further show information visit www.montecasino.co.za or www.showtime.co.za.

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