On August 24, 2011, Cirque du Soleil unveiled its touring show Quidam at Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena. In an arena that was about 70% capacitated, guests traveled to the imaginative and fascinating world of Quidam. Quidam is about a young, neglected, and constantly forgotten girl who finds her way into an imaginary world called Quidam. The world of Quidam is filled with colorful characters, all of whom are passer-bys, nobodies, and unknown members of an anonymous society. It’s a place where people of no identity can proclaim their individuality and emerge from a life of anonymity.
After attending the premiere, a few conclusions can be made. This show truly lacked the breathtaking acrobatics, but made it up with a great musical score and an exciting storyline. Honestly, it appeared that some, if not most of the acrobatic acts left you waiting for more. There would sometimes be a huge build up to something amazing, only to find yourself disappointed once the act ends. Also when watching this show, you will notice that it’s very random. Random characters appear and disappear on the stage throughout the show using a various props, but this is all primarily used as a filler between the main acts.
The most interesting part of this show was the “clown” who incorporated members of the audience into his act. This really made the arena roar with laughter. Quidam also incorporated the saying of “saving the best for last” in its show as well. The ending acrobatic act was amazing. This act truly left me breathless.
Now, as a fair warning, this show is not really for kids. Since this show primarily focuses on the artistic side of Cirque du Soleil, kids may become bored during this 2 hour and 25 minute show. Also the clown act uses quite a bit of adult references that younger kids may not understand. But honestly, you should be the one to judge.
Since this wasn’t my first CIrque du Soleil show, buy instead my fifth, my opinion is quite biased. However, through naked eyes, this show is truly spectacular. Now if you’re looking for a show that would leave you breathless and keep you on the edge of your seat, you should watch a different Cirque du Soleil show. However, if you are looking for an artistic rendition of impressive physical feats and choreographed dancing, then this show is definitely for you. Quidam will ultimately show you the artistic side of Cirque du Soleil, while also incorporating hilarious comedy bits and a plethora of impressive physical feats that left the audience awestruck. Now if this is your first time experiencing the marvels of Cirque du Soleil, you will be left hungry for more. Overall, Quidam was a very interesting show that was nothing short of the Cirque du Soleil standard.