Friday, January 25, 2013

Cirque du Soleil, Quidam

OK. This is not a movie. But Quidam, from the Cirque du Soleil, was part of our Christmas viewings, so it deserves a place here too.

We had gone to O when we were in Las Vegas a few years ago. Fabulous show. Quidam is one of the many shows created by Cirque du Soleil. From my perspectives, not as good as O, but then again, it's hard to compare a TV experience against a live performance. The O stage was a deep pool after all. Hard to beat  that!

But Quidam was perfect entertainment for the family at Christmas. It was enjoyed by all. What I love about Cirque du Soleil is the richness, the interweaving of sensations - it's a bit like opera - it's a complete experience - it's not just about the athletes and the acrobatics, but also the music, the costumes, the make-up, the clowns, the underlying story.

My favourite act in this show was the Statue. Amazing strength and precision!

If you haven't seen a Cirque du Soleil show yet, book a ticket next time they're in town. And there is plenty to choose from! It's a real treat.

PS: website is great if you want to know all sorts of geeky details - like this: there are 200,000 perforations in the stage floor of Quidam, allowing for special lighting effects! Or the costumes are washed daily. Or the shoes are painted to match the costumes and they are touched up before every performance!

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