Wondrous visions come to mind when one mentions the marvel of Cirque Du Soleil, with good reason. There is no other show in the world like a Cirque performance. Currently across the globe there are 19 separate shows appearing in America, Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, and Africa. Eight of which are currently playing to sell-out audiences in the city that never stops, Las Vegas. Three trips out to the city of neon and I still haven’t seen The Beatles ‘Love.’ Considering I am a huge Beatles fan that’s just a shame. I blame that on Cher; she was the focus of all three trips. Mark my words next time I hit Vegas, ‘Love’ will be mine. Closer to home is LA NOUBA at the Walt Disney World’s Resort Marketplace Downtown Disney.
This evening Sunrise Florida is being treated to a special engagement of QUIDAM which runs from July 31- August 4, 2013. QUIDAM is one of the earliest of the Cirque shows created and is sung and spoken in French. As with all Cirque shows there is an underlying theme that transcends the incredible acrobats and performers. QUIDAM is no exception. This show tells the story of a bored little girl who is transported away from her despondent parents by a mysterious stranger – a headless, brightly attired costumed character carrying an umbrella and blue hat. Introducing the girl to the magic world of her own imagination the audience travels on her journey filled with loud sounds, spectacular lighting, and scary scenes. One aspect that I found interesting was the presence of the girl’s father in her imagination. He sees everyone else on the stage including the acrobats in the air yet doesn’t acknowledge the girl standing in front of him; which led to wonder if the father had passed on beyond this life. I guess that is a question each member of the audience will have to answer on their own. One of the coolest segments was the father suspended in air walking above the stage with the newspaper around his head. The steadiness of his movements gave the illusion of his feet actually touching the ground.
The fear factor of the show comes from the performances themselves; all performed without a net. These performers are the best of the best and leave everyone in the audience breathless as they tumble, twirl, fly and climb. It is a mesmerizing show to see that can only be truly experienced live in person. The sheer body strength and discipline each performer possesses is truly remarkable and awe inspiring. I’m heading back to the gym tomorrow. Sitting in the audience one can also feel a sense of adrenaline as the music climaxes then ebbs down to a melancholy flow. Another wonderful aspect is there is a live band complete with vocalists camouflaged by dark lighting at the back of the stage. The acts performed in the air resemble a cross between Spider-Man and Iron Man as the acrobats drop, twist and climb on ropes and silk material. None of this does anything to cure my fear of heights but it’s great to feel like I’m in the middle of all the action. I do have to warn you if you’re sitting in the floor in front of the stage there is minimal audience participation. So don’t be surprised if the French director calls you on stage for his movie.
The staging itself is an engineering wonder. I can only imagine how much work and planning has gone into QUIDAM to make it perfect. Beautiful staged images including bright colors, amazing mood lighting, whimsical music, and creatures make QUIDAM an unforgettable treat for the senses. Being in the audience for QUIDAM made me feel like a little kid again visiting the circus, minus the animals and scary clowns. I was totally caught up by all the incredible feats performed before my eyes. This is my first Cirque show but I guarantee it won’t be my last. Don’t miss this engagement of QUIDAM. The memories of this journey will stay with you for a lifetime.