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Quidam is a dazzling show seen by millions of people worldwide that contains all the elements Cirque du Soleil is famous for: astonishing acrobatics, awe-inspiring aerial acts, unique lighting and an elaborate set design. Discover an acrobatic show where hope and beauty come to life! Quidam celebrates the nameless passerby, the person living lost amidst the crowd in an all-too-anonymous society. Quidam (pronounced key-dam) is a story of the one who cries out, sings, and dreams within us all. A tribute to those faceless strangers we all are to one another, evoking the joys and sorrows of everyday life.
7 January 2009
When Cirque du Soleil last rolled into town in 2001 with Quidam (it’s pronounced key-dam, Latin for an anonymous passer-by), Battersea Power Station formed a colossal art deco backdrop to a fairy-tale “Grand Chapiteau” circus tent, bringing a faint whiff of traditional sawdust to a rather arty spectacle which seemed to owe rather more to the surreal paintings of René Magritte than the thrills and spills of the big top.
Now that Quidam is back and playing the red plush Royal Albert Hall for the first time before embarking on a UK tour, it seems even less like circus as we know it and even more like the worst nightmare of a mad ringmaster. Disturbing visions, such as a headless figure with an umbrella, wander on and off stage to a Eurobeat soundscape, along with scary masked automatons wearing white radiation suits and an ugly brute of a clown brandishing boxing gloves.
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Tom - 2 February 2009:
I went last night (before the snow!). I have previously seen Alegria and Varekai. I was left very disappointed. The acts were all very talented but there was absolutely no wow factor this time. I remember several acts in each of the previous shows leaving me breathless but there was nothing at all this time. ...
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