Acrobatic Cirque Éloize Returns to Center for the Arts

Posted: January 28, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Cirque Éloize performances always enthrall with a blend of thrilling acrobatic theater, enchanting circus arts and visually stunning maneuvers.

Audiences of all ages pack the house whenever this Quebec-based company comes to Mason’s Center for the Arts. Cirque Éloize returns this time with “Nebbia: A Magical Fog,” the third part of its sky trilogy. “Nebbia” was written and directed by the renowned Daniele Finzi Pasca in collaboration with his dance and theater company Teatro Sunil.

Cirque Éloize will present three performances of “Nebbia” at Mason on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 and 8 p.m.

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© Productions Nebbia 2007 – Valérie Remise

Cirque Éloize previously delighted center audiences with “Nomade” and “Rain,” the first and second parts of the sky trilogy, in 2004 and 2007.

“Nebbia” leads the audience to feel that anything is possible and reality becomes dream. According to Pasca, “In ‘Nomade,’ we looked up to discover that, at night, the sky is endless; in ‘Rain,’ a shower of nostalgic freedom fell; now in ‘Nebbia,’ the sky descends like a mantle to cover our shoulders and protect our dreams.”

This captivating new production, which enjoyed a successful premiere in Geneva, combines daring circus feats, acrobatics, theatrics and poetry with dramatic lighting and an original score of haunting music.

Since 1993, Cirque Éloize has been a leader in the contemporary circus movement. Drawing on the multidisciplinary talents of its artists, the company combines time-honored circus acts with music, dance, theater and performance art.

Cirque Éloize now comprises nearly 100 people and has staged more than 3,000 shows in more than 200 cities around the world. The company also created the first circus arts festival in North America in 2003, held every year since on Quebec’s Magdalen Islands.

Director, author, choreographer and clown Pasca founded Teatro Sunil in 1983 and began collaborating with Cirque Éloize in 2001. He also wrote and directed Cirque de Soleil’s “Corteo,” one of the largest touring productions ever created under the big top, and wrote and directed the closing ceremonies for the 20th Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, in 2006.

The Center for the Arts recognizes the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsors of the 2008-2009 Great Performances at Mason Season.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Tickets are $46, $38 and $23; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit tickets.com.

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