There are thousands of ways to explore identity.
Cirque Eloize does it extravagantly.
The Montreal-based contemporary circus combines urban dance, theatrics and stunts in “iD,” which will be performed tonight and Wednesday night at Memorial Hall.
Richard Maguire, a gymnast who is performing with Cirque Eloize, said the show tells the story of two rival gangs in the city.
“They use circus to express themselves and ultimately resolve their problems,” Maguire said.
The story of “iD” has been compared to the 1957 musical “West Side Story,” but the performance is more centered on circus-style stunts.
Sean McKeithan, marketing and communications coordinator for Carolina Performing Arts, said Cirque Eloize is a departure from traditional American circus.
“They have a beautiful aesthetic,” McKeithan said. “They have a signature mix of human poetry, physical feats and playful energy. It’s a mixture of theater and music and gorgeous staging with a new circus tradition.”
“iD” is an exploration in identity and public space in a mediated world, McKeithan said.