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Here’s a video that will give you an idea of the perspective of seeing Quidam from a distance in an arena. This was taken in the Bell Centre.
I hope everyone is having or has had a great holiday! Hopefully I can use this time to make some much needed updates.
First I want to say that if you are or were a performer in Quidam and find any false information or photos that you would like taken down. Please contact me and let me know, I will gladly make necessary changes. I strive for accuracy with this website and only hope to promote your careers, not hinder.
Quidam has officially left the grand chapiteau and is now in stadium format only. There have so far been performances in Kingston, ON and Montreal, QC. I think the biggest question about this transition is what changes will we see to the show and how will it affect the overall experience? So far I have heard that images of clouds that were projected on to the big top, which contributed greatly to the setting and ambiance are no more.
Here is a great article from the Montreal Gazette prior to their premiere at the Bell Centre that brings attention to the question of the show’s intimacy.
[Photo Source: Montreal Gazette]
This is a bit of old news since I’ve been MIA, but loads of new Arena tour stops have been added! look after the jump, or just click on the Itinerary section at the top of the page to see the list.
Roderick referred me to this video of a performance of the Aerial Hoops act at Monte Carlo. What makes this stand out is that they actually show the riggers at work! Enjoy!
Sorry for my absence lately. I’m hoping my schedule frees up a little soon and I can get back to work, so much more content to add!
I have been hesitant to start the clown page on this site because of a huge hole in my research about a duo of clowns that performed during the first North American tour. Luckily today I learned the name of one of the performers, Alexey Mironov! Hopefully this knowledge will lead me to information on the other performer. You can visit his website here: http://www.mironovcomedy.de
I came across this article from the Calgary Herald about Cirque du Soleil headquarters. I found it very interesting as the writer gives a glimpse to a place that is almost always closed to the public. Also, Lisa Maree Skinner, former fast track performer is mentioned to be training for Quidam’s arena tour. It looks like she’s training for aerial hoops.
“I think I had an opinion of the circus as many other people do,” says the 29-year-old with a laugh, relaxing after a training session that found her suspended eight metres above the ground on a spinning metal hoop. “It was animals and carnies and things like that. It was never part of my life plan. Cirque approached me a couple of times, but the first time in 2000 I still didn’t know much about it.”
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.]
Coming up: Les Macloma
One of the few things I saved when I saw Quidam in 1998 was their merchandise catalog! I’ve scanned some of the pages so you can get a glimpse of what they offered 12 years ago. As you will see, some things, like the diabolo, are still available today. Occasionally you can find these items on ebay (that’s how I got ahold of the Alegría Puzz 3-D).
In a previous post I mentioned how there are occasional little coincidences with Cirque du Soleil that have occured over the years. I could almost say this wasn’t a full coincidence since I was attending school in Montréal (Cirque du Soleil headquarters are in Montréal) at the time, but while walking to the practice rooms at the music school, I came across this advertisement with an image of Ella Bangs as Zoe was posted up on one of the bulletin boards. Since there were two, I couldn’t help but take one. This advertisement is outdated though since they were/are looking for someone 18 or older to play the role due to arena tours lacking a traveling school.