| December 28, 2016 | Culture
Cirque Éloize kicks the Merriam Theater's saloon doors open with a new acro-tastic ode to the Wild West.
Back in the saddle: Live musicians share the stage with aerial performers in Cirque Éloize’s ode to the Old West.
If you think that the only way to experience the gunslinging glory of the Wild West is dressed in a cowboy hat in one of those old-timey photo studios on the boardwalk, think again. Cirque Éloize—a high-flying Canadian circus troupe that’s not to be confused with that other Cirque—saddles up to the American frontier for its latest show, Saloon, at the Merriam Theater, January 13 and 14. Troupe acrobat Shena Tschofen says that Saloon is the first of Éloize’s roughly 10 original productions to feature a more in-depth character plot beyond the theatrical choreography and over-the-top aerial acts.
“This is the first time we are venturing into such a specific environment,” she shares. “We were deeply inspired by the world of the Wild West, and the elements it provided to create this production.” Also new for the company, Tschofen says, is the live musical element. “We have included music as a huge part of the show,” she says. “There are three live musicians and we are all on stage at the same time.” Saloon’s folksy, fast-paced score is hugely personal for Tschofen, who was trained in classical violin and traditional fiddle. “It is a huge coincidence to have found a show that integrates both my music and circus background.” Yeehaw! 250 S. Broad St., 215-893-1999
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM MNEYMNEH
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