Monday, July 2, 2012
DVD Review: Cirque Du Soleil; Quidam
It's also become somewhat of a personal challenge to stretch my linear brain into the abstract to try to guess (and I do mean guess) the theme or story line of each production before I look it up on line for my reviews. I totally missed the mark on the last one I reviewed.
I guessed, and happened to guess pretty darn close to correct this time, that this production, Quidam, is the story of a girl who is ignored by per preoccupied parents. So she creates or escapes into an imaginary world to entertain herself. There is often a dream-like quality to it where her parents can be seen passing through as peripheral and unimportant, uninvolved characters throughout the production.
As with all Cirque Du Soleil productions, there is non-stop action all over the stage with no downtime. The acts are simply amazing. My personal favorite from this production is the strength/balancing act. One strong male and female. I think I held my breath and my abs and scarcely blinked. It was mesmerizing. It was the standout act in the show for me. Quidam is the 9th production by Cirque Du Soleil and hit the stage in 1999. And to quote Wikipedia, "Quidam" represents: "The show's title refers to the feature character, a man without a head, carrying an umbrella and a bowler hat. Quidam is said to be the embodiment of both everyone and no one at the same time. According to Cirque du Soleil literature "Quidam: a nameless passer-by, a solitary figure lingering on a street corner, a person rushing past. ... One who cries out, sings and dreams within us all."
Here is that strength act.