Spectators of Cirque du Soleil shows have come to anticipate that each new show will sweep them into an imaginary realm of fanciful, larger-than-life characters. However, South Floridian theater buffs this summer were in for a surprise: Quidam is an examination of our real world – inhabited by real people with real-life concerns.
Quidam is intricately designed to bring the imagination of a little girl onto the stage and then into the audiences’ heart. It touches the heartstrings of anyone who knows what it was like to be lonely as a child and who wanted to run away into their own world where magic is real and the characters you conjure are a resemblance of who you really are.
In the story, young Zoé is a bored young girl who feels forlorn. Her father, entrenched in his den and enveloped by his newspaper; her mother so stuck in mundane monotony of daily life that she’s numb to feelings of joy and hope. Zoé longs for fun and excitement. She dreams up a whimsical world as a means of escaping “the Quidam” – where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.
What is a Quidam?
A “quidam” is said to be the embodiment of both everyone and no one at the same time. According to Cirque du Soleil, “Quidam refers to 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.” Zoé’s imaginary world is the Quidam that allows her to speak. It’s a place that beckons — a place for dreaming and genuine relations where all quidams can proclaim their individuality and emerge from anonymity.
Characters in Quidam are enchanted by the music in the unfamiliar new world, dazed by the dazzling spectacles of acrobatic cloud swingers, rope climbers, human webs, jugglers, aerial hoop performers and contortionists. Through the magical world of Quidam and Zoé’s journey, her father eventually opens his eyes to find himself among his family and loved ones. Zoé’s mother re-discovers the courage to feel alive again — to laugh, play and love. Quidam plays this summer at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, then tours Europe for the remainder of 2013. Upon the show’s return stateside, it’s certainly a spectacle worthy of any theater buff’s bucket list!