Saturday January 5, 2013 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Cirque Eloize iD
How was your experience?
Wow! Great (loud, but not overwhelming, modern, and often French-language) music, great juggler, contortionist, etc, with an amazing, high-energy finale that we’ll be talking about for a long time (I will not spoil it by describing it). Our teenagers loved it; we loved it. The Lyric in Baltimore isn’t the best place to see this, though, at least not from the floor (perhaps the balcony would be better, but I’m not sure). GoldStar seats were fine (row P), but the orchestra seats are on a flat floor, and so one has to look through the head of the person in the next row (and the head in front of that person) to see the stage. This makes it difficult to see the (several) performers who do their thing on the floor of the stage and not up higher. Audience heads were shifting back and forth as we all tried to see what was going on. But this is great fun and I recommend it for anyone who enjoys Cirques of any sort. This one (iD) is completely appropriate for children but adults will be amazed at the physical feats (a bicycle performer with complete control) as well. Be prepared to make some noise – some of the performers wanted to know that the audience appreciated them. There is a warning at the beginning about “strobe lights” – I didn’t notice black-and-white pulsating strobes, but there are multiple light effects (that are amazing) that, if you are sensitive, you might want to find out more about. Four thumbs up from the 4 of us!