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)
|Finale: ||Nov.21.2010 (Bigtop)
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