November 14–19, 2017
The Isaac Theatre Royal is excited to present the New Zealand premiere of Cirkopolis, the critically acclaimed show by Montreal-based troupe Cirque Éloize for a strictly limited season.
Cirque du Soleil’s hipper, sexier cousin — The Stage, London
A feast of modern circus — Sydney Morning Herald
It’s all about defying gravity — Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
The critically acclaimed circus extravaganza CIRKOPOLIS -- by Montreal-based troupe Cirque Éloize - is set to thrill audiences in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland for strictly limited seasons from 14 November 2017.
As its triumphant world tour draws to its end, this will be the first and only time New Zealand audiences will get to see this Drama Desk Award winning production.
Twelve multi-disciplined acrobatic artists challenge the limits of gravity with their physical prowess, and bring to the stage their irrepressible French-Canadian humour, style and colour.
This is the ultimate family show, filled with a mind-blowing blend of acrobatics, theatre, and dance set against a breath-taking and imposing urban cityscape.
Extraordinary. There's the circus, and then there's Cirque Éloize — New York Post
Performing within an inventive stage design, and accompanied by an original musical score and video projections, they live in a world where fantasy defies reality — the veil of anonymity and solitude is lifted and replaced by bursts of color.
“Cirkopolis was imagined as a crossroads—between imagination and reality, between individuality and community, between limits and possibilities. The show is driven by the poetic impulse of life, the physical prowess of the circus and its humor, at once serious and light-hearted. Entering Cirkopolis is all about letting go and allowing yourself to be borne aloft by hope,” explains Cirque Éloize Cirkopolis artistic director and co-director Jeannot Painchaud.
Since the show began touring in September 2012, it has received rave reviews from the public and critics alike. The New York Times wrote “There aren’t more beautiful [shows than Cirkopolis]”, while the New York Post wrote “Extraordinary! There’s the circus, and then there’s Cirque Éloize. These guys are on a whole other level.” Perez Hilton said “If Christopher Nolan directed the circus, it would be CIRKOPOLIS. Moody. Sexy. A must-see!” and the Montreal Gazette described it as follows “Cirkopolis is a wonder. This was to be expected, given that it is a Cirque Eloize creation.” When the show visited Europe, the reviews were equally enthusiastic, with The Stage writing “An impressively coherent production. Way more than simple entertainment!”, and the Stage in the UK describing it as “Thrilling, dramatic, astonishing, mesmerizing simply a dream.”