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Cirque du Soleil :: Quidam {Review}

Title : Zoé, John, Target Picture credit : Matt Beard Costume credit : Dominique Lemieux ©2011 Cirque du Soleil

In case you missed it, I went behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil Quidam, an amazing experience in itself. Last night everything came to life! I saw Quidam, one of the many many Cirque du Soleil shows I have had the pleasure of experiencing. Because Cirque du Soleil is not just a show, it is an experience.

The story of Quidam goes like this:
Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world - the world of Quidam - where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.
Quidam: a nameless passer-by, a solitary figure lingering on a street corner, a person rushing past and swallowed by the crowd. It could be anyone, anybody. Someone coming or going at the heart of our anonymous society. A member of the crowd, one of the silent majority. The one who cries out, sings and dreams within us all. This is the "quidam" whom this show allows to speak. This is the place that beckons - a place for dreaming and genuine relations where all quidams, by proclaiming their individuality, can finally emerge from anonymity.

Title : Skipping Ropes Picture credit : Al Seib Costume credit : Dominique Lemieux ©Cirque du Soleil

My favorite act was Skipping Ropes. Do not think this is your typical jump rope routine! Drawing its inspiration from dance, acrobatics and the art of manipulation, this familiar child’s game is turned into a choreographic feat. As the ropes beat time, a group of 20 acrobats, endowed with exceptional co-ordination and rhythm, perform a steady stream of solo and duo group jumps and figures. The movement, talent and speed in this routine are truly astonishing! 

Title : Banquine Picture credit : Matt Beard Costume credit : Dominique Lemieux ©2011 Cirque du Soleil

I also loved the Banquine act. This act features amazing performers who astonish the audience with their perfectly synchronized movements. Fifteen artists perform spectacular sequences of acrobatics and human pyramids. This award-winning act showcases the amazing agility of the human body. The performers are flying, literally, from one side of the stage to the other and are caught by other performers with such ease. It is a beautiful symphony of dance, movement and agility.

Title : The Clown Picture credit : Al Seib Costume credit : Dominique Lemieux ©Cirque du Soleil

Finally, while the other acts will astonish and amaze you, this act will make you laugh out loud. The clown interacts with the audience and performs several hilarious skits. Shocking and perfectly hilarious all rolled into one, these acts somehow fit in between the acrobatic acts that one expects from a Cirque du Soleil show. 

Title : The Target Picture credit : Matt Beard Costume credit : Dominique Lemieux ©2011 Cirque du Soleil

The mission of Cirque du Soleil is to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world. Mission accomplished. Quidam is up there with one of my favorite Cirque du Soleil shows. You really can't go wrong with any of them. Check to find a show coming to a city near you. In 2012, Cirque du Soleil will present 22 different shows around the world. Don't miss it!