The Calgary Stampede of 2015 is off and running! What better way to begin the festivities than with Cirque Éloize’s iD. Directed by Jeannot Painchaud, iD is a bustling stage show that blends circus arts with dance and music. The city scape projected on the stage’s backdrop gives a sort of graphic novel edge as the performers dance on stage.
Hip hop music filled the Enmax Corral with energy and set the tone for this world renowned troupe of breakdancers, acrobats, jugglers and contortionists. Watching these acrobatic dancers entwine with one another may not be the big top adventure we’ve seen before, but what really matters is that the magic is there through storytelling.
These stories are of young love, of a hard days work, of urban animosity and most of all, energy. The kind of energy that fills Calgary up to the brim of it’s white hats and keeps us returning over and over to the heart of our summers at the Stampede grounds despite the heat and crowds and deep fried everything.
Watching iD is a departure from what you expect to find at the Calgary Stampede and there is beauty in that. Because Southern Alberta may have been built on ranches and oil, but today it’s much, much more. My Calgary is more.
Cirque Éloize’s original Stampede Edition of its critically acclaimed touring production iD reminds us that Stampede isn’t just about rodeo and mini donuts, but it’s also about showcasing the culture of our city – a culture that’s as full of energy as it’s residents. One that embraces individuality, love, and modern life.
This year, when you’re down at the Stampede grounds, I encourage you to take the time to visit the Enmax Corral show of Cirque Éloize’s iD. It’s suitable for all ages and runs for about an hour. For information and showtimes click HERE