Forum:(Story) So I went to Quidam…
On Friday last week, I had the unique opportunity be on the Slovak premiere of "Quidam" by Cirque du Soleil. Being my most favourite circus performance (well, after "Swan Lake" by Kaleido Stage but that exists only inside the Kaleido Star universe) that I first saw on television as a teenager, I was curious what it's like to experience the show live.
The story of Quidam is driven by a young teenage girl named Zoé (currently performed by Alessandra González) who feels abandoned by her parents and bored of the stereotype in her life - craving for something that would fill the void in her pointless existence. As a way out, she creates its own imaginary world - the world of Quidam - where she meets amazing characters who encourage her to free her soul.
According to Cirque du Soleil literature, Quidam means: "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."
Quidam currently holds two awards for its acts Banquine and Diabolo. It may be also of interest that the person who composed the music for the show (Benoît Jutras) is the father of Audrey Brisson-Jutras, the girl who originally played the main protagonist, sang and also played cello on the soundtrack album.
Though not performed by the original artists, the show was a great pleasure to experience. In parts, it was slightly different from what I remembered from the DVD, for example, the Macloma clown trio was replaced with a cabaret (called the Clown Cinema) where a film director is trying to make a romantic movie, the Cloud Swing act was completely absent, and there were some minor differences, even small mistakes by actors here and there. But it largely fulfilled my expectations.
Finally, here's a video that captures the first 20 minutes of the show:
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