Themes and Symbols in Quidam Part Two

Sorry it has been a few days since my last post.

If you would like to read part one, click here.

Continuing with Skidmore’s thesis, he brings up the fact that in Quidam there is use of a birdcage.  He considers this a link to the previous production, Alegrîa.  With the red ball enclosed in the birdcage, it is a signifier that the ball represents a theme in Quidam (this object is threaded through the entire show in different forms like balloons, juggling balls, etc.).  Also, with the family stuck in their own world, you could say that they are in their own birdcage.  Something Skidmore does not mention that I think also connects the two shows is the sound of birds the bowler hat emits when Zoe holds it to her ear.

Another very important observation is the fact that the acts can be divided into two types. Those that expressed the internal emotions (German Wheel, Aerial Hoops, Aerial Contortion in Silk, Statue, etc.) and those that represented childhood playground games (Diabolos, Skipping Ropes). The audience witnessed the parents struggling with emotions while also experiencing Zoe’s childhood innocence.

Source: Skidmore, Jamie. A Critical Analysis of Cirque du Soleil: 1987-2001.  University of Toronto, 2002.]

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