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MONTREAL'S CIRQUE ELOIZE -"RAIN" 3 PERFORMANCES!
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES BACK CIRQUE ELOIZE
THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY!
Friday, February 2, 2007 at 8PM &
Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 2 & 8PM
Fairfax, Virginia, January 8, 2007—“Take everyone you know to see Rain!” exclaimed the website nytheatre.com. With direction by Daniele Finzi Pasca, the force behind Corteo from Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize’s Rain is a visually arresting, colorful swirl of constant movement juxtaposing feats of enormous human strength with frailty and vulnerability. With three performances on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, Friday, February 2 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 3 at 2 and 8 p.m., Cirque Eloize demonstrates its universal appeal to audiences of all ages. Pre-performance discussions, free to ticketholders, are held 45-minutes prior to each performance on the hall’s Grand Tier. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, audiences for the 2 p.m. matinee are invited to a free Family Friendly reception in the Concert Hall lobby!
Tumbling, juggling, acrobats, contortionists, and more come together in Rain, “two hours of fun calculated to please children and adults alike,” stated The New York Times. With performers outfitted in old time bathing costumes, in an exaggerated Gay ‘90s seaside motif, the show spotlights the daring and charm of the flying trapeze and conjures images of the carnival strong man. The mood is lightened with comedic phrasing, spoofs and seemingly effortless stunts. The performers evoke “characters from a collection of old photos,” explains director Pasca, sought by Cirque Eloize for this and their previous extravaganza, Nomade, because of his vast theatrical experience. One of the company’s signature pieces uses the “Roue Cyr,” a spinning wheel that turns with a person balanced inside, developed by Cirque Eloize co-founder Daniel Cyr and now in demand with other companies around the world.
Cirque Eloize takes its name from the heat lightning off the Magdalen Island in Quebec. The company was founded in 1993 by several graduates of Montreal’s Ecole Nationale de Cirque (National Circus School). To date, the troupe has performed in more than 200 cities worldwide.
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Tickets for CIRQUE ELOIZE – Rain, are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly! Children 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 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