Cirque what? It’s French for thrilling

2016-12-11 14:19
SILKY SMOOTH:  Aerial silk act by Nicole Winter at Montecasino’s Teatro. (Saspa)

SILKY SMOOTH: Aerial silk act by Nicole Winter at Montecasino’s Teatro. (Saspa)

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Johannesburg - It has been a long and arduous 2016 and this is evident on the faces of those who attend Cirque Eloize iD, which is on at Montecasino's Teatro until December 24.

Before the show starts, long faces are all in desperate need of comical and artistic relief.

Luckily, the show has plenty of energy, punctuated with brilliantly timed tension and just the right dose of suspense.

Then guests gasp as acrobats hang dangerously in the air, contortionists leave viewers with weird twisted faces (wondering whether to believe this or not), and then there are the most daring and eye-popping bicycle tricks.

But the real entertainment lies in the attendees, who try to correctly pronounce Cirque Eloize iD.

Heated debates erupt as some camps enunciate every single letter, to the absolute disgust of others.

Others are adamant that it is a French word, so you don’t pronounce the last letter of the word.

The pronunciation challenges every race, it seems, and I suspect the First Citizen was referring to these conversations when he spoke of “clever blacks”.

Pronounced “Sirk-ehl-waz eye-dee”, the multinational Cirque Eloize iD troupe took fun to the next level as they interspersed their performances with their own renditions of pronunciation games.

To include the local audience, the show has a few local words in the script.

To you and I, “yebo” is simple, but to an Argentinian/French/American it could be “yeebow”, “yehboo” and even “yeah-bore”.

“Cirque what?” is a thrilling combination of urban dance, sound, video projections and circus acts which are matched only by the guests’ conversations about the proper way to say “manaygment”, “determyne” and myriad other South African ways to pronounce certayn words.

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