Aug 182015
 
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If you have ever heard of a “Cirque” show, you probably have an idea of what to expect during a show – especially if you watch America’s Got Talent.  But did you know that there are different “Cirque” groups?  Up until last week, I had no idea.  We’ve all heard of Cirque du Soleil, but for the last 20 years, Cirque Éloize has been taking people by storm in more than 440 cities around the world.

Cirque Éloize was founded in Montreal in 1993, over a decade after Cirque du Soleil and for the month of August, Cirque Éloize’s iD is playing at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods.

Cirque Éloize’s iD blends old-school acrobatics with street dance and hip hop. I got a chance to see the show last week and trust me, it’s not like any circus you’ve ever seen before.

But before I tell you what I thought of the show, I wanted to share a little bit about a fun opportunity I had the afternoon before the show.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have followed along with the fun last Friday when I joined several other local bloggers for an exclusive behind-the-scenes blogger workshop with some of the cast members of Cirque Éloize’s iD.

Pretty cool, right?

As soon as I entered the Fox Theater at Foxwoods,  I couldn’t help but notice the impressive set.  As you can see, it’s massive and as I would find out a little while later, it’s even more complex than it looks.  The set features about 10 doors & windows that the performers use throughout the show to come & go through – plus a quite a few moving parts.

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The workshop lasted for approximately two hours and during that time, the cast performed a few of their favorite stunts, and walked us through the details on how they accomplished them.   Plus a few of them taught us how to reenact simplified versions of their acts!   Let’s just say juggling is a lot harder than it looks. The performers were all so impressive.  The stuff these men and women can do is just mind blowing. This guy had everyone ooh-ing and aah-ing:

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As part of the workshop, we all got a chance to go back stage and see some of what goes on behind the scenes such as lighting, props and how the rope pulleys for the performers work.

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Here are a few more pictures from the blogger workshop:

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During part of the show, six of the performers do an amazing trampoline act (all at once) and we got a little sneak peek as part of the workshop.

The performers make it look so easy, don’t they?  Well, I got a chance to jump on that trampoline and I got about six inches high when I jumped – if that, so it’s definitely not easy. At all.

Group shot of the bloggers & performers at the workshop.

Group shot of the bloggers & performers at the workshop.

By the end of the workshop, I knew I knew that we were in for an exciting and unique experience by the Cirque Éloize iD performers come show time.  Between hearing the cast’s stories of how they came to be performers and actually seeing them do their thing up close, I had a much better understanding of how hard accomplishing their feats truly is.

The show itself was absolutely phenomenal. I was completely spellbound the entire time.

You may not have been able to tell from the picture of the set above, but the scene is set in the heart of a city.  From construction workers to office employees to gang members to lovers, everyone in the show executed jaw dropping feats of  strength with grace and elegance.  The high-energy music, colorful video projections against an urban cityscape, along with energetic acrobats, break dancers, and contortionists truly made the stage come to life.

And did I mention that there was an intricate rope-skipping routine, juggling, pole-climbing, trick cycling, aerial acts and an inline skater in the show?  Oh and there was a guy push-ups from a pole on his side – parallel to the ground.  Mind = blown.

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I was on the edge of my seat the whole time during the show.  All the stunts were beyond amazing and I heard many gasps from the audience during the show.

I bet after reading this you want to see the show, too. Well, you should.  I can’t recommend it highly enough and I think everyone needs to see it. General admission tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for children under the age of 13. You can also purchase VIP reserved seating for $65.  Get tickets here.

And if you’re heading to Foxwoods for the show anyway, you might as well make a night of it, right?  While I was there last week, I ate at the Red Lantern.  After you walk through two beautiful hand-carved doors, you will not only see many red lanterns hanging from the ceiling, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their menu filled with innovative Asian cuisine.

My husband and I ate very well that night and are looking forward to eating there again the next time we are at Foxwoods.  We had lettuce wraps as an appetizer, shared two entrees (General Tso’s Chicken and Stir Fried Chicken) and split a fried ice cream for dessert.

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I left there wishing I had room for more in my tummy!

If you’re looking for a fun date night idea, head down to Foxwoods.  Where else can you see a show, eat a great meal, shop and play some casino games all under one roof?  And don’t miss Cirque Éloize’s iD because it’s only playing at Foxwoods until August 30th!

Disclosure:  I received complimentary tickets to the show and dinner thanks to Foxwoods, but all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.  My husband and I truly had a great time at the show and loved the food from the Red Lantern.

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  125 Responses to “Cirque Éloize iD Blew Me Away (In a Very Good Way)!”

  1. Looked like a fun and great opportunity and will have to keep it in mind for the future now 😉

  2. What a fun opportunity to do the behind the sceens workshop!! And the show looked really impressive!! I will have to check it out if it comes to our neck of the woods 😉

    • I agree, it would be fun to go behind the scenes. I have gone to a couple shows and enjoyed all of them.

  3. Wow, that looks like an amazing set and cast. It must have been very eye-opening to get such a behind the scenes view of the whole production.

  4. Oh, I love shows like this. I think it’s so cool all the tricks they do and the strength it takes for some of them.

  5. Oh wow what an amazing opportunity! I had no idea there were other groups that had been going such a long time. x

  6. How did you get so lucky to get a behind the scenes blogger workshop at something so fun? Cirque Eloize Id looks like it was a lot of fun and what a great experience to blog about.

  7. I would love to see this show. That dinner looks yummy!

  8. Oh my gosh it looks like it was absolutely amazing. I would love to see the show… and dinner? YUM.

  9. That looks like so much fun! What a great time. I love tricks like that.

  10. Wow I love shows like this and how cool that you got to experience and learn some tricks too!! Tell them to come to Singapore please 😉

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  11. How talented are some people! Looks like a lot of fun

  12. My hubby and I saw “O” and “ka” when we were in Vegas and they were both great shows, although we still rave about “O”! This show looks great and I can’t wait to be able to see other Cirque shows in the future! <3 Christine, The Choosy Mommy, http://www.choosykids.blogspot.com

  13. These show are amazing. I was able to see the show in Orlando and it was so captivating!

  14. This looks so fun!! What an amazing opportunity.

    xo Bree

  15. I’d love to see a Cirque show! The performers really do make amazing and incredible feats look totally easy with their talent and nonchalance! Someday, I’d love to see a show in person!

  16. Man oh man does that look like a blast! I had no idea there was another Cirque!

  17. I also heard it was really good. The minimal feel to it makes the acrobatics surprisingly even more impressive.

  18. That looks like such an amazing time! I love circuses that focus on human performers rather than animals.

  19. That looks like so much fun! I went to a Cirque de Soleil show a long time ago. I ‘d love to see the Cirque Eloize. I hope they come to California!

  20. It looks like you had a great time. I have seen a couple different Cirque shows and they are all wonderful. All the food looks yummy.

  21. Wow, what a great idea to get a behind the scenes peek at those performers training! My husband and I saw Cirque O’ in Las Vegas and were of course, hugely impressed! This really looks like it was an exquisite outing for sure – thanks for sharing.

  22. I did not know there were different groups either. If I ever get a chance to go to a show I am goiing! I love seeing performances like this. They make everything look so effortless!

  23. It looks like an amazing show. If it comes to a place nearby we will have to check it out!

  24. I’m always amazed at how talented those performers are and I didn’t realize there were different groups. I would love to attend a show. The food looks amazing, too.

  25. So cool. The behind the scenes visit sounded awesome.

  26. This is amazing. I’ve always wanted to do behind the scenes of something and Cirque would be perfect. I saw a cirque show when I was like 10 years old and it was amazing. I’ll never forget it.

  27. Cirque shows are fun. I have never been to Foxwoods, but I would love to see this play someday.

  28. It is amazing what these people can do. Their shows are always amazing!

  29. I saw a documentary about this once and it was amazing! I’ve never been and really want to go.

  30. So neat!!! It’s been way too long since I’ve seen a Cirque show! And we have one right around the corner in Orlando!

  31. I ‘d be blown away too with such an awesome experience. Looks like you had lots of fun!

  32. So jealous I’ve always wanted to go to a show! Amazballs!!!

  33. Looks like you had a wonderful time!
    We went to a Cirque de sole show here a couple years back and they were amazing. I was unaware of cirque eloize. Will have to keep my eyes open for them!

  34. I was just at Foxwoods this past weekend too! I saw all the signs for this show and wish I could have seen it.

  35. I would love to go! Foxwoods isn’t so far for us – definitely worth it for dinner, a show and an overnight.

  36. Wow, look at them guns! Must be nice to see them and have a glimpse of what they do.

  37. What an amazing experience that must be! The food looks really good too.

  38. I can’t believe you got to go backstage! That’s amazing! These people are so strong!

  39. What a fun experience! I never knew there were other Cirque shows!

  40. OMG! What an amazing experience! Some people are truly gifted when it comes to dancing and movements like that!

  41. I love seeing Cirque shows. There is one currently showing at the United Center in Chicago and I am hoping to go and see it before it leaves next month.

  42. Wow, I think I would be in awe the entire show! I just love variety entertainment like this.

  43. I didn’t know there were different groups. I have been wanting to go to a show like this though. It looks like so much fun!

  44. WOW this looks like so much fun! My hubby absolutely loves Cirque… we went to a show on one of our first dates and again on our honeymoon… he would LOVE this! Especially the behind the scenes part! I’ll have to show him your pictures!

  45. Looks like you had a great time! I love shows like this 😉

  46. Never heard of it and your pictures tell an exciting tale!

  47. That looks like a very exciting event. I have only been to one Cirque show. It was in Vegas a few years ago. And yes the performers are always excellent.

  48. I have always wanted to go so a Cirque de Soleil show. What a cool opportunity to see the behind the scenes goings on and hang with local blogger peeps.

  49. This looks like something my husband would LOVE! This would seriously make the perfect date night, going to have to check it out.

  50. How fun this looks! I would love to see this in person, certainly looks entertaining!

  51. Looks like a great show and what a fantastic opportunity to go behind the scene and see the set! I went to my first Cirque du Soleil show last year in Las Vegas. It was incredible. The people who perform in these shows are so talented. I’m adding this show to my list of things to do!

  52. Wow it looks like you had a great time! I would love to see a Crique show one day!

  53. Wow, that sounds so cool! I would love to be able to take the whole family to see it.

  54. This is on my bucket list! I think even the kids would love to visit Cirque! I love the set design

  55. I have been to about 5 or 6 of their shows. They are amazing! I wonder if this one is coming to Florida.

  56. Wow. This looks like an amazing experience. Often we see what goes happens on stage, but to see all the hard work and effort must be a real treat.

  57. Oh that sounds so fabulous. I want to see this one.

  58. I have never heard of Cirque Eloize iD. It looks phenomenal. I have seen Cirque de Solei here and if it’s anything like that, I’m sure it’s amazing.

  59. It must have been amazing to see all their tricks. Your dinner looked delicious!

  60. How cool that must have been to go behind the scenes! We say Cirque Shanghai a few summers back, and I was beyond amazed at their skills!

  61. What a great, fun event. I would love to go to a Cirque show sometime

  62. Wow, that looks like such an amazing experience. The food looks great.

  63. Cirque de Soilel blew my mind when I saw a live performance. Their performers are top notch and a sight to see.

  64. Looks like a fabulous night!! The food looked delicious too!

  65. Sounds like such a fun experience!! Getting to go to the behind-the-sceens workshop sounds like so much fun!!

  66. Wow this looks like a fun time. I am always blown away by the things people can do! I would love to see this live!

  67. That is an awesome opportunity! It looks like the show will be a lot of fun!

  68. I’ve always said their practice sessions or behind the scenes takes would be as interesting as the show. How cool that you go to go!

  69. What a great opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes! It looks so effortless, but a lot of work goes into a production like Cirque-Eloize iD!

  70. Looks like you had an amazing time. It’s times like this I miss my NJ world. Rural living is nice but there are times that I would really like to be able to see a show like this again.

  71. What a fun show to watch! And the food looks yummy too!

  72. Looks fun! How I wish I can be as nimble and agile as those performers, wonder how young they started and what their parents were doing to help support their endeavor. I guess they all turned out pretty well and successful if I may add.

  73. This looks like it was an amazing workshop. I would have loved to be there. It looks like you had a great time. I love the photos.

  74. I would love to go to a workshop like this. The pictures are amazing. They are so talented.

  75. I’d love to attend a “Cirque” show someday. I’ve heard nothing but great things about them. I’m in awe of the talent.

  76. Wow what a fun evening for you guys, the show looks like a lot of fun! And the food looks delicious!

  77. I would love to watch the show too! My grandpa always took us to watch the circus and it was always a good time for us. Thanks for sharing. It must have been so exciting for you to experience being behind the scene.

  78. I love these amazing photos, looks really fun and I’m so glad that you had fun experienced.

  79. That looks like ana mazing show. I’ve seen cirque du soleil on tv but nothing like in person I’m sure. Glad you had so much fun.

  80. Living in Las Vegas, I have seen a few Cirque shows over the years and really enjoyed them. It is so cool to get a peek at all of the behind the scenes action!

  81. What an amazing opportunity! I still have yet to see a Cirque show… it is on my bucket list though, and I WILL SEE ONE! Maybe this year?

  82. How cool is that? What an awesome opportunity that you got to attend this workshop. Looks like it would be so much fun.

  83. I have nevee been to a Cirque performance in person. It seems like it would be a wonderful thing to see, so exciting.

  84. I’ve always wanted to watch a Cirque show. It’s so cool that you’re able to see their workshop. These people are extraordinary! Amazing talent!

  85. I have been to a couple of Cirque shows and they are always just amazing!! I love them.

  86. What a neat post. Looks like such a fun time. My husband and I really want to go to this as a date night.

  87. Oh my goodness! What an amazing experience! I woudl lvoe to see them perform too 🙂

  88. how I wish I can see them perform live!!!

  89. I have never had the chance to go! I would love to. I know the closest is at Downtown Disney.

  90. Seeing the behind-the-scenes is totally cool. I have no doubt you all had a blast. I would love to see a Cirque show.

  91. I really want to see this! I’ve never been before.

  92. It looks like an amazing oppurtunity, it was a great experience behind the scenes, and i really love to watch like this kind of workshop

  93. Intense excitement there! Bet you were holding your breath a lot. I would love to see the bicycle performance.

  94. This sounds like it was an amazing time indeed. I would love to see the Cirque Eloize iD show. The video is just amazing for sure. Thanks for sharing and what a great group shot.

  95. This sounds like an interesting show .. Acrobatics plus Hip Hop .. Wow .. this sounds like its right up my alley. I’ve never been to a Cirque show

  96. Sounds like a really awesome show. I’ve seen a lot of Cirque shows living in Vegas – they are always amazing.

  97. Such a great event. No wonder, you had so much fun at this entertaining event

  98. I am so obsessed with Cirque shows! I would love to have attended that, thanks for sharing the insight.

  99. I have never seen a Cirque show, but acrobatics are amazing-such strength and talent it takes to perform like that!

  100. I have always ALWAYS wanted to go to a show like this!

  101. An old friend of mine is one of those shows…and I’ve yet to go see one!

  102. Oh wow! What an incredible show! I would love to make it to something like that!

  103. I love the behind the scenes look you got at the show! Those folks are so talented and make it look so easy!

  104. What a cool experience! I’m always so impressed by the talent these performers have! Such a gift!

  105. What a great experience – I would love to see this show. Great way tos pend a evening with dinner and a show.

  106. I’m always so impressed by what those individuals can do. It truly is an amazing sight to see.

  107. Cirque shows are the coolest!!! Every time I’m In Vegas, or if I get lucky an one travels close by I always have to see it!!! A goal of mine is to see them all.

  108. Looks like you had a great time. What a wonderful entertainment option!

  109. What an interesting thing to do! I love Cirque shows, and this one looks absolutely amazing!

  110. It truly amazes me what their bodies can do. I’ve never been to a show, but I’d like to!

  111. What a neat opportunity you had! Looks like a wonderful experience there, right down to that mouth-watering food.

  112. I really want to see them..they look awesome. Such great skills to perform that 🙂

  113. Sounds like a fun and wonderful opportunity. I always like shows like this. The set design is amazing and all these dinner foods are looking very much delicious as well. I would love to attend this show with my family.

  114. You got some amazing pictures! Those people are so talented.

  115. I Love Cirque de solie. I have never heard of this Cirque group. I would certainly check them out.

  116. wow, such a great opportunity! I would love to see something like this in backstage. Food looks great!

  117. The strength and talent of these people is just amazing. I bet the show as a mind blower!

  118. This looks like an awesome cast! The set looks amazing too! What they can do is pretty amazing. Great pictures!

  119. I would love to have a backstage experience with a Cirque group! That is awesome you got the opportunity to do so!

  120. That sounds like such a cool experience. My husband and I watched one of the shows for our 10th anniversary and it was amazing. Such high-energy. The cast and crew are very focused and talented.