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Jul 12, 2011

Summer in the city: Stick around for the Arsht Center’s new urban circus

Posted by Valerie Nahmad

By Adrienne Arsht Center staff

Proving once again that a Miami summer is never too steamy for the arts, the Adrienne Arsht Center is extending the run of its summer spectacle, "Cirque Éloize iD," and offering a cool, interactive experience for special VIP ticket holders.


The new theatrical, urban circus, which opens July 26, is the first collaborative effort of Montreal’s world-famous Cirque du Soleil and the younger Cirque Éloize (also based in Montreal). It features 16 acrobats, contortionists, dancers and daredevil performers in a show about exploring identity in a diverse city. (Sound familiar?)

Hip-hop — including a number in Spanish — and a score by Jean-Phi Goncalves of the indie band Beast give the show its sound, with projections and video supplying a graffiti-bedecked futuristic cityscape.

In response to South Florida’s already warm reception to this show (some sections are already sold out), the Arsht Center is extending its stay by four weeks to Sept. 4 in the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Tickets are $25 to $55, with VIP tickets at $75.

A VIP ticket grants an interactive opportunity with members of the "iD" cast before and during the show. In the pre-performance interaction, VIP ticket holders have their picture taken. The images later become part of the show, as they are projected on the stage, along with the Cirque’s other eye-popping video projections drawn from science-fiction films, comic books and graffiti.

For more information, please call 305-949-6722, or visit

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