Cirque Éloize in Rain -- Innovative, Dramatic Circus Theatre
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The last date listed for Cirque Éloize's Rain was Sunday April 8, 2007 / 3:00pm.
Quotes & Highlights
“Wild, witty, wet, and altogether winning. Rain is, in a word, refreshing.” —The New York Times
Ranked among the top ten productions of 2005 in San Francisco.
Originally developed in workshop performances at Irvine Barclay Theatre in July 2003, Montreal’s Cirque Éloize returns with the completed version of its newest critically acclaimed show, _Rain. _Praised on Broadway and acclaimed around the world, Rain features a multi-national cast of singing, dancing and clowning acrobats.
Rain’s story takes place in a theatre where a circus show is in rehearsal. The show’s full title is Rain – comme une pluie dans tes yeux. The title’s literal translation “like a rain in your eyes." But the show’s director, Daniele Finzi Pasca, explains that the more colloquial translation is “misty-eyed" and that the title is about the nostalgia of youthful memories of dancing in a downpour of summer storms and being soaked to the skin.
Rain was nominated for two 2006 New York Drama Desk Awards for Unique Theatrical Experience and Outstanding Director, and was ranked among the top ten productions of 2005 in San Francisco, and was a nominee for the Best Touring Production of the Year award by the Theatrical Management Association (TMA) in the United Kingdom. After winning over the public and the critics during its six-week run on Broadway in New York and its four-week run in San Francisco, Rain toured in Paris, London and Australia.
Cirque Éloize is part of the new generation of circus performers focused on innovation, imagination, storytelling and show-stopping panache. Encompassing diverse elements of circus, theatre, dance and music, this new show takes the audience on a journey through poignant memories, opening a window to the deeply heartfelt, passionate, and the most joyful and comical, personal moments. Spotlighting multidisciplinary circus performers specializing in contortion, trapeze, juggling, acrobatics and aerial rings, Cirque Éloize’s gravity-defying performers combine acrobatic feats with musicality and pure poetry. Barclay audiences will see the enigmatic Roue Cyr (Cyr Wheel). This apparatus consists of a very narrow wheel the height of a man. The acrobat tames the wheel like an animal trainer, using a unique technique and subtle theatricality. Cirque Éloize is the only circus in the world performing the Cyr Wheel act. It was invented by Daniel Cyr, acrobat and co-founder of Cirque Eloize and Silver Medal winner at the 24th Festival du Cirque de Demain in Paris in February 2003.
*About the Artists
Cirque Éloize (pronounced “serk el-wahz”) was born in 1993 when seven young artists from Quebec, recent graduates of Montreal’s National Circus School, decided to combine their talents and energies in the creation of a new European-style, “animal-free” circus. They named themselves Éloize after a local expression for heat lightning, originating from the Magdalen Islands (off the coast of Quebec). Trading the big top for the theatre stage, Cirque Éloize has attained considerable international success in the 14 years since its inception. It has performed in more than 200 cities and 20 countries to more than three million spectators. The company achieved its first major success in 1995 on a 125-show American tour that began with a premiere performance at the restored New Victory Theatre on Broadway. Following the American tour were engagements in Quebec and Canada, France, Ireland, and Asia. Cirque Eloize first performed at Irvine Barclay Theatre with its show Excentricus in April 1998, followed by Excentricus II in April 1999 and Cirque Orchestra on August 2001.
Director Daniele Finzi Pasca is a noted European theater and circus artist who has received a great deal of recent acclaim as director of the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin (some of the performers and acts from Rain appeared in the closing ceremonies) and as the director of Cirque du Soleil’s show Corteo. Wile working in Montreal, he was introduced to Jeannot Painchaud (artistic director) and Julie Hamelin (creative producer) of Cirque Éloize. They invited him to write and direct their latest productions: Nomade – At night, the sky is endless and Rain. Nomade opened in 2002 and has met with enormous success in Paris, London, Vienna, Montréal, Athens, Rotterdam, Beirut, Hong Kong, Rome, Milan, Madrid, etc., with more than 700 performances. Pasca’s projects have been seen in more than 20 countries, and are marked by a profound sense of humanity and playfulness. They include: Rituale, Viaggio al Confine, Dialoghi col Sonno, Percossi Obbligati, Giacobbe, 1337, Aitestás and Visitatio (a production of Teatro Sunil and Carbone 14 of Montréal).