Modern-day contortionists, unlike their 19th-century equivalents, entertain and dazzle in an environment free of uncontainable elephants and consumption. Enjoy the circus arts in a safe, contemporary setting with today’s Groupon: for $27, you get admission to Cirque Éloize iD at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (a $55.50 value). Purchase one of the following Groupons:
- Friday, October 1, 8:00 p.m., balcony rows H–K
- Saturday, October 2, 8:00 p.m., balcony rows A–N
- Sunday, October 3, 2:00 p.m., balcony rows A–N
To kick off its 50th anniversary and the completion of an extensive renovation, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts features a limited, six-show engagement with the artful Montreal-based circus troupe. The show features 16 performers exploring a futuristic urban landscape through a fusion of unfathomable circus disciplines and high-energy break-dancing and hip-hop moves. Stunning visual effects pepper each athletic performance, with massive set pieces seemingly manipulated by magic or puppies. In a non-stop onslaught of thoughtful vignettes, the nimble cast twists, tumbles, juggles, balances their chequebooks, and contorts their way around the stage to the atmospheric up-tempo beats. View a short video of some of the Cirque Éloize iD action here.
Cirque Éloize iD arrives in Toronto fresh from a sold-out set in Montreal, where local art lovers were dazzled by the spectacle. So take this opportunity to see what the fuss is all about, or purchase two and impress your boss with your forward-thinking Friday night plans.
To ensure seats placed together, you will need to purchase multiple Groupons in the same transaction.
- …Cirque Éloize's iD combines ten circus disciplines, meshing acrobatics with street dancing: one moment performers are flipping, the next, they're popping. Lots of stop-start action, tightly woven push-and-pulls as characters struggle to co-exist with each other amidst urban chaos, iD proposes a clever series of vignettes characterized by unusual combos -- think aerialist meets rollerblader, contortionist meets b-boy -- as performed by a charming, playful cast. Bottom line? Two hours well spent. – Evelyn Reid, About.com
Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
The largest soft-seat theatre in Canada, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is perhaps most famous for its overhanging marquee outside. The diagonal canopy and its snake-like rows of lights were restored to their original form in 2010, along with the facility’s wood, brass, and marble accents. Inside the lobby, York Wilson’s mural, The Seven Lively Arts, fills eyes with fractured, panoramic representations of various artistic media, from slanted musical staffs to menacing Greek theatre masks.
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