"Nebbia" by Cirque Éloize

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be among the 240 lucky people who scored an invitation for a 90-minute guided tour of the Cirque du Soleil international headquarters. Needless to say, it was a fantastic visit!

Unbeknownst to most people is the fact that over the last two decades Montréal has become the circus capital of the world. Understandably, the presence and growth of the Cirque du Soleil into the powerhouse it is today had a lot to do with this.

But there are now many smaller circuses doing shows here and abroad, and making a name for themselves. Cirque Éloize is the second "made in Québec" circus to achieve international renown. So when I learned that "Nebbia" would return to Montréal for a single weekend, I bought myself a ticket immediately.

Saw the show this afternoon at the Place des Arts, and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. It is a world away from the multi-million dollar Cirque du Soleil productions, of course. And yet, Cirque Éloize have come up with their own unique style, which is a blend of circus and theatre. More intimate, a bit more poetic and whimsical. There's more interaction with the crowd, and from now on I'll attend whatever new shows Cirque Éloize puts together.

They'll be touring around Europe in 2010 with "Nebbia," so you might want to check it out. Here two links for those who want to learn a bit more about the show and Cirque Éloize.

And here's the trailer:

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