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NEW YORK For the Lincoln Center Junior Committee's Spring Fling benefit, approximately 200 young Lincoln Center supporters gathered to celebrate the opening of the mesmerizing Cirque Orchestra's short run at the City Center. A simple reception catered by Restaurant Associates was held for supporters prior to the performance in City Center's lobby. The performance itself was open to the public.
Cirque Orchestra is part of Cirque Eloize, an animal-free circus company based in Montreal. The show, entitled Excentricus, incorporated a live orchestra and an acrobatic performance troupe that included contortionists, dancers, fabric aerialists and a middle-aged clown in a tux (as part of the show, the clown--posing as a violinist--broke away from the orchestra to join the acrobats). The group delighted the crowd, which was a mix of people including both children and senior citizens. Cirque Eloize also performs for corporate events, and can tailor a performance to an event's theme or special music. (The troupe recently performed for a high-powered crowd at the World Economic Forum.)
A champagne reception was held following the performance, where junior committee members could meet and mingle with Cirque Eloize performers.