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Urban dance show by Cirque Eloize to debut in Doha next month


Cirque Eloize

Cirque Eloize, the sister company of famous Canadian acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil is planning to perform in Qatar for the first time this April.

Their show iD, a fast-paced “festival of circus arts,” will be held at the Qatar National Convention Center from Wednesday, April 2, to Saturday, April 5.

Cirque Eloize has performed in over 440 cities around the world. Thousands of seats are now on sale for the show. Prices range from QR95 to QR1500/ticket and can be purchased online at Virgin Megastores.

The performance is being brought to Doha by SDI Marketing, organizer of previous Cirque Du Soleil shows here, in conjunction with the Qatar Tourism Agency.

‘Dance the city’

According to director Jeannot Painchaud, the purpose of Cirque Eloize’s iD is to bring the audience together through common ground. In a statement on the show’s official website, he said:

“I imagined this show at the heart of a futuristic city, where the omnipresence of image causes us to lose our reference points. I sought to create an aesthetic at the crossroads of comic books, science-fiction movies and the rich universe of graffiti.

The decidedly rock, electronic and poetic music, coupled with the presence of video, highlight the show’s playful, energetic, youthful and urban aspects. In the middle of this surreal megalopolis exists a public place. A public place, as a spot where one can seek refuge and escape anonymity, to express one’s individuality and affirm one’s identity, in order to reclaim possession of public space, and to dance the city.”

Here’s a short clip of a past performance:

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