Cirque Eloize Presents Three Performances at Center for the Arts

Posted: January 16, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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Photo by Andrea Lopez

Under the direction of Daniele Finzi Pasca, the force behind “Corteo” from Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize’s “Rain” is a visually arresting, colorful swirl of constant movement juxtaposing feats of enormous human strength with frailty and vulnerability.

With three performances at Mason’s Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus – Friday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 3, at 2 and 8 p.m. – Cirque Eloize will demonstrate its universal appeal to audiences of all ages.

As a special bonus, at 1 p.m. on Feb. 3, audiences for the 2 p.m. matinee are invited to a free family-friendly reception in the Concert Hall lobby.

Tumbling, juggling, acrobats, contortionists and more come together in Rain, “two hours of fun calculated to please children and adults alike,” as the New York Times noted. With performers outfitted in old-time bathing costumes in an exaggerated Gay ‘90s seaside motif, the show spotlights the daring and charm of the flying trapeze and conjures images of the carnival strong man.

The mood is lightened with comedic phrasing, spoofs and seemingly effortless stunts. The performers evoke “characters from a collection of old photos,” explains director Pasca, sought by Cirque Eloize because of his vast theatrical experience.

One of the company’s signature pieces uses the “Roue Cyr,” a spinning wheel that turns with a person balanced inside, developed by Cirque Eloize co-founder Daniel Cyr and now in demand with other companies around the world.

Cirque Eloize takes its name from the heat lightning off the Magdalen Island in Quebec. The company was founded in 1993 by several graduates of Montreal’s Ecole Nationale de Cirque (National Circus School). To date, the troupe has performed in more than 200 cities worldwide.

Pre-performance discussions, free to ticket holders, are held 45 minutes prior to each performance on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets are $44, $36 and $22; tickets for children 12 and under are half-price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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