By Elisabeth Mahoney for The Guardian
"At night the sky is endless," one of our two clowns tells us, by way of introduction. And so it is in Cirque Eloize's nocturnal dreamscape, a place of limitless possibility and playful new freedoms. That is what the title, nomad, points to: not a rootless vagabond existence, as such, but a cutting free of any ties to the here and now, the usual order of things.
Blending acrobatics, dance, music, yogic contortions to put Madonna in the shade, slapstick comedy, clowning and juggling, this lively Québécois troupe knowingly play with the idea of a circus (after the interval, for example, a trapeze artist asks if we've had "time to pee-pee"), while also delivering its traditional pleasures with much aplomb. click for more
****************************** Hot and bothered under the big top
Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph reviews Cirque Éloize at the Barbican and the Roberts Brothers Circus at Weymouth.
These days, many circuses have become so arty that they would probably seem more at home in Tate Modern than the big top.
When the boss of the French Canadian troupe Cirque Éloize got together with Daniele Finzi Pasca, the director of its latest show, Nomade, they didn't discuss the acts, or new stunts, or budgets. No, the big question for discussion was apparently: "How do we conceive beauty?" And I always thought the circus was all spit and sawdust. click for more