Characters

**Please note that because many concepts in the show are rather abstract, some interpretations may be debatable.  I do my best to provide sources.**

Zoe:

The central character. Zoe feels that she has seen and done everything. She is bored with the world and her parents pay her no mind.  When Quidam enters and gives her a bowler hat which she puts on and is brought into the world of Quidam.  It is here that she learns that there is so much to see and do; that every person has a story and something that makes them unique.

[Sources: cirquedusoleil.com, wayback machine]

Cast Changes:

South American Tour:

  • Ella Bangs
  • Dalyane Gauthier-Dumas

Second European Tour:

  • Ella Bangs
  • Dalyane Gauthier-Dumas

Mexican Tour:

  • Ella Bangs
  • Dalyane Gauthier-Dumas

Asian Tour:

  • Letitia Forbes
  • Tori Letzler

Third North American Tour:

  • Letitia Forbes
  • Tori Letzler (website)
  • Camille-Hélène Poliquin

Australia-Pacific Tour:

  • Camille-Hélène Poliquin
  • Letitia Forbes

Western Canada Tour:

  • Catherine Downey
  • Letitia Forbes
  • Camille-Hélène Poliquin

Japan Tour:

  • Catherine Downey
  • Denise Gonzalez
  • Letitia Forbes

Second North American Tour:

  • Gabrielle Cloutier
  • Amélie Landry
  • Denise Gonzalez (website)

*Note: mentioned a fourth person is included on the program, Shiloh Sheray-Gagnon.  Although she was cast, she never performed the part.

First European Tour:

  • Audrey Brisson-Jutras
  • Amélie Landry
  • Gabrielle Cloutier
  • Kathryn Samman (website)

First North American tour:

  • Audrey Brisson-Jutras
  • Emily Duncan-Brown (website)

John:

John is the ringleader.  He guides Zoe through the world of Quidam.  At first Zoe does not take kindly to John.  He attempts to impress her in between acts by demonstrating his talents. He does not sway her until he performs his coat rack routine to which she gives him a thumb’s up.

[Source: cirquedusoleil.com]

Cast Changes:

South American Tour:

  • Mark Ward

Second European Tour:

  • Mark Ward

Mexican Tour:

  • Mark Ward

Asian Tour:

  • Mark Ward

Third North American Tour:

  • Mark Ward

Australia-Pacific Tour:

  • Mark Ward

Western Canada Tour:

  • Mark Ward

Japan Tour:

  • Mark Ward

Second North American Tour:

  • Mark Ward

First European Tour:

  • Mark Ward

First North American tour:

  • John Gilkey

Target/Fritz/Karl:

Unlike John, Zoe takes to Target immediately.  Perhaps it is his/her playful personality that draws her to him.  You will see them tossing a ball back and forth and standing with each other often.  In the extra content of the original Quidam Soundtrack, they say that Zoe must choose whether to marry Karl or John.

[Sources: cirquedusoleil.com, Quidam Soundtrack]

Cast Changes:

South American Tour:

  • Cristian Zabala
  • Ardee Dionisio (as of August 4, 2010 in Chile)

Second European Tour:

  • Cristian Zabala

Mexican Tour:

  • Matthew Baker
  • Philippa Hayball

Asian Tour:

  • Philippa Hayball

Third North American Tour:

  • Philippa Hayball

Australia-Pacific Tour:

  • Philippa Hayball

Western Canada Tour:

  • Philippa Hayball

Japan Tour:

  • Philippa Hayball

Second North American Tour:

  • Karl Baumann

First European Tour:

  • Matthew Baker
  • Andrea Ziegler

First North American tour:

  • Karl Baumann

Quidam:

In latin, the word Quidam means someone or something.  For the show, they treat it as an anonymous person. He represents the unfamiliar people you pass in the street every day.  Inspired by a Magritte painting, they portray Quidam as a headless man in a trench coat carrying an umbrella.  He gives Zoe the bowler hat (also Magritte inspired) that transports her to his world.

[Sources: Cirquedusoleil.com]


Mother:

Just like Zoe, the mother also transforms through the experience.  In the beginning she is unresponsive to Zoe’s cries of boredom for she has become apathetic to the world herself.  Her transformation is an emotional one.  With aerial silks being the highlight of her experience, the audience will see a struggle with love and anger.  She regains passion.

[Sources: Cirquedusoleil.com]


Father:

The father seems to be trapped in his mundane work life. He is usually played by the juggler.  In his act, he finds a way to turn business into play.  When the character performs the straps act, however, his transformation may be more internal.


Boum Boum:

This tough character produces thunder when he hits his boxing gloves together.  Although he has an intimidating exterior, his face reveals a potentially lifeless interior. According to Cirque’s website it is “as though his body lives on only because his soul refuses to leave it.”  He is in love with the cloud swing performer. It is possible he wears a net during the act to reinforce being tied to the ground while is love is liberated and free.

[Sources: cirquedusoleil.com, Dallas Morning News February 6, 1998]


Funny Bunny:

She is another playful character. Note that in skipping ropes she wears a set of ears that are bent down so that they don’t get caught.


The Aviator:

This character is seen bringing Zoe to the diabolos and in the transition after aerial silks.  On cirque’s website, they state “The Aviator has skeletal wings, but doesn’t look quite ready to take off. Perhaps he doesn’t know he has wings. Perhaps he knows, but can’t fly. […] Or perhaps he simply wants to escape this world and its problems.”


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