Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Event Slides Per Node

  • Three Cirque Éloize members perform near a table with one woman doing a bent over handstand on table.
  • Cirque Éloize members juggle on stage with one juggler standing on an elevated table.
  • Female Cirque Éloize artist performs inside hoop.
  • Cirque Éloize acrobats flip into the air with company members ready to catch them.

Cirque Éloize

7:30 pm Friday, September 27, 2013

In its newest creation, Cirkopolis, Montreal’s Cirque Éloize (serk el-WUHZ) dives into a vibrant imaginary world and pushes the boundaries of visual and audio innovation through different forms of projections. Dance, circus, music, and theatre meet in a scenic universe. The classic films Metropolis and Brazil inspired the unique imagery that takes us into this industrial yet fanciful sculptural city. The twelve performers — and audiences of all ages —shift between dream and reality in an uninterrupted stream of acrobatics, music, and dazzling images. “Cirkopolis was imagined as a crossroads between imagination and reality, between individuality and community, between limits and possibilities,” says Jeannot Painchaud, Cirque Éloize artistic director and co-director of Cirkopolis. “The show is driven by the poetic impulse of life, the physical prowess of the circus, and the humor, at once serious and light-hearted. Cirkopolis is all about letting go and allowing yourself to be borne aloft by hope.”

The creation of Cirkopolis was co-commissioned by Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Crédits d’impôt spectacle du gouvernement du Québec, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal et Conseil des arts du Canada, the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, La Place des Arts.

made possible, in part, by support provided by
Hilton Garden Inn

media sponsor
95.3 3WZ

Adult $42
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $24

Create your own Choice series — and receive a 10-percent discount — by purchasing together tickets to four or more Center for the Performing Arts presentations.

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Secondary Events on Each Event

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Friday, September 27, 2013

Eisenhower Auditorium Conference Room

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Cirkopolis Tour Manager Valérie D'Amours, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.