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FSCJ Artist Series Presents Cirque Eloize SALOON MARCH

FSCJ Artist Series Presents Cirque Eloize SALOON MARCH

The FSCJ Artist Series is pleased to present the Jacksonville premiere of Canadian (or Montreal-based) contemporary circus troupe Cirque Éloize 11th original creation Saloon - A Musical Acrobatic Adventure on March 16, 2018 at the Times-Union Center for one performance only.

Inspired by the rich legacy of the Wild West, Saloon transports audiences to a dusty gathering place. Swing open the Saloon doors and rustle up some fun for the entire family with this musical and acrobatic adventure. The stage fizzes and thrums with infectious energy and phenomenal physical feats as 11 top-level cast members perform for a music-packed theatrical thrill-ride! Prepare to be blown away by a chase worthy of the greatest Westerns.

"The show was inspired by our thriving power, the same strength that has motivated us for nearly 25 years. We borrow from the world of the Wild West, which we have so much in common with: a fundamental commitment to moving forward, toughness and the survival instinct, a tendency for irreverence and a sharing sense of community," says Jeannot Painchaud, President and Artistic Director of Cirque Éloize and Creative Director of Saloon. "The Saloon is a wonderful playground for work of artistic exploration. It's also a place of opportunity, one that made us want to try something different. It has the physical energy of acrobatics combined with the poetry of the theatrical approach, punctuated with humour and accompanied by amazing live music. Saloon is bright, funny and musical."

This creation also marks the first collaboration between Cirque Éloize and the show's musical director, celebrated Canadian composer Eloi Painchaud (Louis Cyr, La guerre des tuques 3D). Staying close to the musical roots of the artistic director and musical director, who happen to be cousins, Saloon mixes country extracts (Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash) with more festive, folk-inspired compositions. There are four musicians and singers on stage, and all the artists sing or play instruments.

Saloon director Emmanuel Guillaume has put together an acrobatic comedy with 11 top-level, multidisciplinary artists performing with exuberance and humour: "Saloon is an invitation to the party, a fertile ground for emotions where everything is permitted. It's also a meeting of different art forms that were already part of the rich heritage of this mythical place back then," he said.

About Cirque Éloize

Over the past 24 years, Cirque Éloize has travelled the planet with its 11 shows and more than a thousand special events. Cirque Éloize has presented more than 4,000 performances in over 500 cities and 50 countries. More than three million people have been charmed by the originality, intimacy, energy and poetry of its creations. From the Magdalen Islands, "éloize" is an Acadian word meaning "heat lightning". It captures the essence of Cirque Éloize: heat and energy.

Cirque Éloize would like to thank its creative partners: Montreal Arts Council, Ville de Montréal, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, The Canada Council for the Arts, SODEC, Desjardins, Filaction, The Pennsylvania State University Center for the Performing Arts, and Théâtre de Namur in Belgium.

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