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.
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.
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:
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.
Here are a few more pictures from the blogger workshop:
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.
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.
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.
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.