Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`Cirque' Is Dreamy Escapism

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`Cirque' Is Dreamy Escapism

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The theatrical extravaganza known as Cirque Ingenieux promises

to have a little bit of everything.

Producers admit the show is a little light on dialogue, but

they promise plenty of plot, characters and enough spectacle to

cause sensory overload. The show is described as having the feel

of the theater, the look of the circus and the sound of a New

Age musical that plays like an intergalactic space voyage.

The extravaganza lands in Jacksonville this week with

performances Friday and Saturday at the Moran Theater,

Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St.

As the title ("Ingenious Circus") implies, the show marries the

tradition of physical artistry and staging common to the

European circus with the drama, dance and music of the theater.

The show contains very little dialogue, relying mainly on the

onstage action to propel the story.

It's "exquisite, fantastical, mesmerizing, breathtaking,

spellbinding, spectacular," Bill Rector gushed in a recent

review in Circus Report magazine. "The unusual costumes and

lighting effects are beyond a proper description."

Even the show's producer tends to describe the production in

terms of what it is not.

"This is not a Broadway musical. It's not Shakespeare. It's not

Neil Simon. It's something altogether new and different . . .,"

said Kenneth Gentry, who's put together 35 national tours

including, most recently, Kiss of the Spider Woman.

Gentry and Neil Goldberg, who conceived the show, collected a

team of Broadway designers and commissioned a musical score for

the show by composer Kitaro, the Golden Globe-winner who scored

the Oliver Stone film Heaven and Earth. Many of the vocals are

wordless syllables composed to evoke moods for various scenes.

At the core of the show is a troupe of international

contortionists, gymnasts and aerialists in a European-style show

that "combines acrobatic audacity and limitless imagination,"

New York's Daily News said when the show played the Big Apple as

part of the 52-city North American tour bringing the performance

to Jacksonville.

The book for Cirque Ingenieux was written by playwright Norman

Allen (author of Sweet Adenine and Melville Slept Here). …

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