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CIRQUE EL0IZE HYPNOTIZES WITH A NEW PRODUCTION!

April 15, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES
CIRQUE ELOIZE
Saturday, May 1, 8:00 p.m.
&
Sunday, May 2, 2:00 p.m.


FAMILY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE FEATURES
AERIALISTS, MUSIC, DANCE, JUGGLING AND MORE!


Fairfax, Virginia, April 15, 2004—It’s a unique kind of performance including clowns, jugglers, levitation, contortionists, trapeze work, aerial hoops, and a unicycle… Nomade – At night, the sky is endless, performed by Cirque Éloize, invites audiences to journey with a small troupe of nomadic European circus performers wandering through dreams and memories as they set up their camp at dusk and begin their trip again at dawn. Cirque Éloize appears Saturday, May 1, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 2, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Pre-performance discussions are held 45-minutes prior to each curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Seven performers from the Magdalen Islands, all graduates of Montreal’s National Circus School, founded the company in 1993. With the goal of viewing circus arts through fresh eyes, designing shows for all audiences – without language or other barriers, Cirque Éloize has produced four separate performances to showcase the company’s talents: Excentricus, Cirque Orchestra, Nomade and Rain. The company takes its name from the flashes of heat lightning seen on the horizon in the Magdalen Islands – the group’s founders liken the lightning to the heat and energy feeding the troupe’s enthusiasm. In the Italian style, and to create the bond between performers and audience, the company entertains on stages rather than under the big top.

Of Nomade, Director Daniele Finzi Pasca says, "With its lively rhythm and vivid images, this story will awaken your wandering spirit!" Pasca uses mesmerizing imagery and breathtaking action to tell the story of these itinerant performers, who, he says, "tell wild and whimsical stories – sometimes hauntingly melancholic." Circus travelers, by their nature, are storytellers, Pasca explains, launching new tales each time they set up camp under the stars.

The eighteen members of Cirque Éloize hail from around the globe and include Polish gymnasts and acrobats, a Swiss juggler, a trapeze artist and an expert in juggling and hand to hand acrobatics from France, an acrobat and juggler from Guinea, and musicians from Montréal and beyond. Fairfax audiences have the opportunity to see this award-winning company that has thrilled over 2.5 million people during more than 1,500 performances worldwide.

Tickets for CIRQUE ÉLOIZE are $36, $28, $18. FAMILY FRIENDLY! All children, 12 and under, half price. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.