Theatre Review: Cirque Eloize iD at The Artscape

Last Thursday was my husband’s birthday and as luck would have it I was invited to the press premiere of Cirque Eloize iD currently showing at the Artscape theatre in Cape Town (until 27 Nov) and then moving to Monte Casino in Joburg from Wed 30 Nov.

He was initially a bit skeptical about a trip to the circus for his birthday…. BUT within a minute of sitting down we realised that this was not circus at all…

Cirque Eloize is a high-octane, high-intensity, high-energy show set in the heart of a city. This Canadian production features performers from around the world – all amazing at what they do!


This astonishing modern circus transports audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape. The stage comes alive with the boundless energy of acrobats, break dancers, and contortionists, and builds to a stunning finale on a one-of-a-kind video trampowall.


Set at a lightening fast pace, the show features an incredible set that is transformed through the unique use of video projections and an array of breathtaking acts from acrobatics and silks to street dance & hip-hop to crazy bike stunts and the finale of an unbelievable trampowall. It is dynamic, edge-of-your-seat, bite-your-nails-to-the-quick entertainment that kept us enraptured and a left us a little breathless!

A completely different level of entertainment to which most South Africans are used to!



This popular show is in Cape Town until Sunday, 27 November 2016 and then returns to Montecasino’s Teatro on Wednesday, 30 November 2016, running until 24 December 2016. There are special midweek show times and matinees scheduled during peak holiday season.

For a glimpse of what you can expect watch this video….

Founded in 1993, Cirque Éloize combines circus arts with dance, theatre and music with path-breaking panache. Continually engaged in artistic experimentation, Cirque Éloize is a leader in contemporary circus arts, with more than 4,000 performances to its credit in some 500 cities around the world. In addition to its touring shows, Cirque Éloize develops customized concepts for international special events, more than 1,400 to date.

Directed by Jeannot Painchaud and brought to South Africa by leading local promoter, Showtime Management, Cirque Éloize’s iD has been enjoyed over the past 7 years by more than 1 million spectators in over 1000 performances in almost 100 cities across the globe in 30 countries. “iD” is one of eleven original productions under the Cirque Éloize banner. Positioned at the heart of the renewal of circus arts this Montreal-based company has been creating moving performances filled with magic for more than 23 years. Last month “iD” played to full houses in London and received rave reviews.


Don’t miss this incredible show!! Book online at Computicket today

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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