Au Revoir, Quidam

Sorry this post is a longer one..

The cast and crew of Quidam gave their final performance on February 26 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  I would have written about it then, but my job(s) took up too much of my time, and I am just now able to sit, reflect, and write.

I had the incredible fortune to obtain access to the live webcast which started at 12:00 am my time. After animation and before Zoe entered the stage they gave this statement:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight we celebrate a very special occasion as we bid farewell to one of Cirque du Soleil’s most classic, iconic, and beloved shows. For 20 years, Quidam has delighted more than 14 million spectators, visiting 241 cities in 42 countries, circling the globe twice. We are proud and honored to present the very last performance tonight, here with you in ChristChurch, New Zealand. And now, for one final time., Quidam!”

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Updates

In the last few days I have made the following updates:

  • Completed the Itinerary page and added “Media” links for the most recent locations
  • Updated act pages with cast list from North American Arena Tour Program
  • Added the Cyr Wheel page

If you find any discrepancies or have information that I have missed, please comment and let me know.  I am working to make this website as comprehensive as possible.

An Apology

Dear Visitors,

I apologize for my prolonged absence. Like many of you, I have a number of commitments in addition to the every day work life, and I have let this website drop greatly in priority. The show, Quidam, and all of the people who have made it what it is throughout the years are still very close to my heart and I sincerely want to provide an accurate and thorough archive of the production as well as a platform for performers and musicians involved with the show a place to promote their more recent projects.

Quidam will be closing, unfortunately, in just a little more than a month, on February 26th in Christchurch, New Zealand. Although the show is almost 20 years old, it still sends a relevant message and continues to inspire so many. 20 years isn’t enough. Alas, the good thing is that its impending closure gives me the motivation to continue my work on this website and give it the attention that I believe it deserves.

Please feel free to contact me through the comments if you have any suggestions for the website, questions, or information that I have missed.

Greetings!

I’m back for now! I am very excited to say I will be attending Quidam in Charlottesville on April 4th! The last time I attended the show was in 2006 in Philadelphia. I very much look forward to finally seeing the show in arena format. My seats are dead center and quite possibly first row! Expect updates on the experience here.

In the meantime, I came across this video today:

Normally when Quidam or any Cirque du Soleil show visits a location a few performers will visit a news station and perform part of their act. This might be the first time I have seen a musician feature their role with the show. Just to note, that is a carbon fiber cello. Enjoy!

I haven’t disappeared!

I am so sorry to those of you who frequent my site for my lack of updates. I wish I had a good excuse, but it is simply my busy life and putting my priorities in a different order.  I did want to post something quick today. Which is the fact that the Diabolo act has changed costumes for the arena tour. I am assuming this is because it is now performed by adults than children (since arena shows can’t have schools).  Here is a photo from a performance in Vancouver. What are your thoughts on the costume change? I personally am not the biggest fan.  The old costumes portrayed the performers as tin men like characters..which helped the show portray the “Wizard of Oz” fantasy world impression.  Also, the Diabolos are meant to follow the children’s games theme.  i just wonder if they could have chosen something more youthful or a closer representation of the old costumes. Click the photo for more.

Statue as performed by La Vision

With my other post about the statue act, I thought I would bring attention to this video posted by La Vision (Richard Jecsmen and Yana Semilet). If you compare the performances you will see quite a few differences (and similarities).  This group, also seen on the DVD but with Carmita Lorador, uses full body makeup…which I think really enhances the effect of the act. They have some different moves, in particular I notice they do not do what I call the diamond pose where they are in the standing position with the woman upside down balancing on each other’s shoulders and symmetrically lift (or lower) one leg to create almost a diamond shape.

Another Arena Transition Article

This article is from December 11th about the management that goes on behind the scenes of a cirque show.  There is mention of Quidam’s transition:

Surprisingly, he said, except for redesigning a lighter, quick-to-assemble set, Quidam didn’t require major alterations for its arena shift.

The size of the cast remains the same, although the clown act has been pared down from three performers to one (Toto, doing numbers created by David Shiner).

Most of the changes were technical, he said. It was the five-rail ceiling track, or telepherique, that posed the biggest challenge. At the big top, it crossed the entire tent, which isn’t possible in an arena. “What we did is cut a section of the telepherique, and we raised it so that it’s more open, allowing a bigger view of the stage,” he said.

Maintaining sound quality for the multi-layered soundtrack was another challenge. In the tent, Quidam had surround sound. “We have to adapt in each arena because the acoustics will be different,” he said.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/Behind+scenes+symphony+management/3961603/story.html#ixzz19MlfUCHH