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Creations


Quidam


Création

Concepteurs
Scénographie
Musique
Personages

Expérience

Prologue
German Wheel
Marelle
Diabolo
Dans l'Air
Aerial Contortion
Hula Hoop (John)
Skipping Ropes
Aerial Hoops
Entr'acte (Égaré)
Handbalancing
Darts (John)
Spanish Webs
Coatrack (John)
Statue
Banquine
Epilogue

Réserve
Juggling
Dance Trapeze


Retiré
Aerial Strap (Solo)
Manipulation
Hoops
Aerial Strap (Duo)
Cyr Wheel
Cloud Swing
Trapeze Duplex
Diabolos

Odyssey

Itinéraire
Visuals
Audio/Visual
Features

 
Visual
Quidam...
A nameless passerby, a solitary figure
lingering on a street corner,
a person rushing past, a
person who lives lost amidst the crowd
in an all-too-anonymous society.

Quidam (pronounced key-dahm) is a haunting mood piece about social disconnection at the end of the millennium. "It could be anyone, anybody," the show's programme observes. "Someone coming, going, living in our anonymous society. A member of the crowd, one of the silent majority. One who cries out, sings and dreams within us all." In this world, the one who cries out is Zoë, a young girl who fumes because, as she is constantly ignored by her parents, believes she's seen everything there is to see, experienced all there is to experience. For her, the world has lost all meaning. Her anger, sharp and unforgiving, shatters her reality she soon finds herself in the universe of Quidam. Here, she is not alone, for she is joined by a joyful companion (Karl/Fritz/Target) and a more mysterious personage (John/Mark) who will attempt to seduce her with the marvelous, the unsettling, and the terrifying.

Directed by Franco Dragone in his last touring production for Cirque du Soleil (he would go on to direct "O" and La Nouba - both resident shows), this production is more thoroughly scripted than Cirque's previous shows. It integrates performance and theatricality to a greater extent than ever before, drawing on the emotional relationships between the performers within the troupe. "This show highlights our frailties and our anguish in the face of the new millennium that lies before us. It also underlines differences, conveying positive feelings and resentment and confronting our dreams with our nightmares. Like preceding creations, it conveys emotion, but it is also more raw, more intense, more dramatic, and more personal too," Franco Dragone said. The creative team pulled out all the stops to create this unique show that combines artistic performance and new technology. A show fit for the new millennium, they thought, in which people would find their proper place and adapt to a new world.

 
Premiere: Apr.23.1996 (BigTop)
Dec.11.2010 (Arena)
Type: Touring
Finale: Nov.21.2010 (Bigtop)
Feb.26.2016 (Arena)
 

Creative Team


Guide
Guy Laliberté
Director
Franco Dragone
Creation
Gilles Ste-Croix
Choreographer
Debra Brown
Composer
Benoit Jutras
  Set Designer
Michel Crête
Lighting Designer
Luc Lafortune
Sound Designer
François Bergeron
Costume Designer
Dominique Lemieux
Makeup Designer
Nathalie Gagné
 

Audio/Visual


 

Interviews


MARK WARD
Dancer, Performer

"A Career Backwards"
Keith Johnson, 2011

BENOIT JUTRAS
Composer

"Making Time Stop"
Keith Johnson, 2011

OLIVER "BJ" GENTEN
Percussionist

"BJ, Live from Japan!"
"An Evenings Chat with BJ"
Ricky Russo, 2004


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