Cirque du Soleil’s newest arena show, “Quidam” opens Wednesday, August 31 at the XL Center in downtown Hartford for eight performances only through Sunday, September 4.
This production has been especially designed for arenas and has recently been touring throughout North America. “Quidam” had its world premiere in March of 1996 in Montreal under the Cirque du Soleil Big Top. Since that time, the production has toured on five continents and been experienced by millions of people. The arena version was developed in December of 2010 duplicating the Big Top production.
The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters. The plot introduces audiences to young Zoe who is bored. Her parents ignore her and her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world—the world of Quidam—where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul. Quidam refers to the nameless passerby, the solitary figure lingering on a street corner, a person rushing past and swallowed by the anonymous crowd, the one who yearns to cry out, sing and dream. This show is the place where all “quidams,” by proclaiming their individuality, can emerge from anonymity.
Performances at the XL Center will be held on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m., Thurssday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 2 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 4 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Ticket prices range from $35 to $85 for adults, with tickets for children (aged 12 and under) from $28 to $69. Tickets for members of the military, seniors and students range from $31.50 to $72.
To purchase tickets, visit the Quidam website or call 1-800-745-3000. In addition, a number of Premium tickets are available for all performances.
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in nearly 300 cities on five continents.
Over 15 million people will see a Cirque du Soleil production in 2011, during which time the company will present 22 different shows around the world.
For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit the company’s website.
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