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Cirque Eloize’s iD: A Visual Mind-Bender


Written by Teri Powell

When you attend a show such as Cirque Eloize’s iD, it’s difficult to narrow down what to review because everything is pure excitement. This modern-day twist on West Side Story told us how two street crews had disdain for each other, hiding forbidden love and protecting those they cared about.

There was playfulness between the contortionist and one of the urban dancers. Comedy came to light with Trial Bike tricks. Tiny chairs, and other props, were cleverly used as distractions while setting up or breaking down the next act. A fight scene broke out between the Aerial Straps performer and another urban dancer. Then romance between the inline skater and the Aerial Silks artist made my heart flutter.

As she was hanging upside down, they embraced each other’s heads and she lifted him into the air with a kiss. In the end, the two crews disposed of their colored arm bands in unity during the most unbelievable jump rope battle, including Double Dutch inside a large rope and a smaller rope inside the other two.


All in all, the opening scene was the highlight of the performance. People hurrying through a noisy city, completely self-absorbed, unaware of others surrounding them. Suddenly, all movement and sound slows. In a crowd of preoccupied nurses, high-society women, trendsetters, and b-boys, a man and woman bump into one another. She shoves him and they break out into one of the most seductive performances I’ve seen on a stage.

Words cannot describe the chemistry between these two. It was a “catch me if you can” sort of back-and-forth chase. Their Hand to Hand included him kicking her into an aerial cartwheel and her doing a Doughnut around his back while he was in his own contorted position. He tossed her around the stage as if she was a feather. Not to mention, one of the Chinese pole performers, broke them apart exhibiting jealousy of her new-found soulmate.

A new dynamic changed the feel of the room when a fight broke out between the crews. The pole became the focus of the scene showcasing core strength and fluidity in movement. When one of the performers did a Nose Breaker Drop down the pole just above the contortionist, you could see her chest panting from the audience. Their desire for one another emanated off them almost wafting through the crowd like a perfume.

Also, if you missed the show, but want glimpses of something spectacular, check out one of the Cirque Eloize’s iD clips. Do NOT miss them next time they are in town!

In addition, I have now attended The Price Is Right Live and Cirque Eloize’s iD in the Fox Theater. I am extremely impressed with how much they can fit on a small stage. You still get big name shows, but with a closer view not missing whimsical glances or angry glares. After a jaw-dropping show, we went for drinks and appetizers at Hard Rock Cafe.

What better way to transition from afternoon to evening than having bruschetta, beer, cauliflower wings, and a hard cider. By the time we left the casino, our minds and pallets were satisfied! It doesn’t matter how far Foxwoods is because “the wonder of it all” makes it worth the trip.


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