I have been captivated by Cirque du Soleil ever since my parents took me to see Mystere in Las Vegas in 1998. Since then I have had the pleasure of seeing La Nouba (Orlando), O (Last Vegas), a couple of traveling shows as they have come through town and now Quidam.
Seeing Quidam was special because this was the first Cirque du Soleil show I shared with my daughters.
From the moment we sat in our seats, K was a bundle of excitement. She couldn’t stop talking about the things on the stage including a door that led nowhere. I explained to her that the entire show would be all about using her imagination and playing pretend, much like a dream. And then the show began.
People flying through the air, a headless man, music, lights, dancing and funny characters – she was captivated. As each new character took their place on stage she had questions and comments, it was all I could do to keep her commentary to a hush. But her excitement was contagious. Ohhhs and ahhhs soon gave away to squeals as a giant hula hoop (the Cyr Wheel) took the stage, followed by a woman dancing high in the air from a curtain (Aerial Contortion in Silk). She loved it, and I loved watching her love every moment.
Having seen several Cirque du Soleil shows over the years, it is remarkable how unique each is. Every act is better than the last, and there are moments you find yourself holding your breath anticipating the next gravity defying move.
I have a hard time selecting my favorite act but K knew exactly which act was her favorite, “The one with three girls and two boys when they climbed on the ribbons (the Spanish Webs).” I really amazed her after the show when I told her that I interviewed one of the girls from that act and that she grew up here in Orlando.
In addition to K, we also took baby girl (19 months). She was equally captivated and did so well. Unfortunately it was a late show (7:30 start) so by 9 pm she was starting to lose it. For that reason, I wish we attended a daytime show. But if you are wondering about taking small children, I say go for it!
Whether you have seen other Cirque du Soleil shows or not, I highly recommend Quidam.
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Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world – the world ofQuidam – where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.
Quidam: a nameless passer-by, a solitary figure lingering on a street corner, a person rushing past and swallowed by the crowd. It could be anyone, anybody. Someone coming or going at the heart of our anonymous society. A member of the crowd, one of the silent majority. The one who cries out, sings and dreams within us all. This is the “quidam” whom this show allows to speak. This is the place that beckons – a place for dreaming and genuine relations where all quidams, by proclaiming their individuality, can finally emerge from anonymity.
I was provided media tickets to Quidam, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.