Review- Dated April 28, 2011
Quidam, the newest Cirque Du Soleil show to be seen at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario is a breathtakingly beautiful performance filled with the grace, awe, and comedic breaks that one can generally expect to see by the supremely talented members of Cirque Du Soleil. The title of the show, Quidam, is the Latin word for an anonymous passerby. Quidam can be anybody within our largely anonymous modern society.
The show opens up to a sparse set with a young girl named Zoe trying to catch her parents’ attention. Zoe’s aloof and self absorbed parents are apathetic to her needs, which causes Zoe to retreat into her imaginary world, the world of Quidam– where she meets characters who encourage her to free her spirit.
As Zoe retreats in her dream world, the sets become more ethereal and fantastical. An acrobat spins in a giant German Wheel, essentially becoming a human spoke as he performs amazing acrobatics within the wheel. Three young Chinese girls stun the audience with their in tandem handling of the diabolo- the Chinese yo-yo that is tossed, juggled, and spun on a giant string all the while they dance.
One set after another seemingly death defying set follows the next. It is impossible to be bored for a moment, as the incredibly talented acrobats and gymnasts perform ingenious feats with nearly every tool in the book. Aerial hoops, skipping ropes, long swaths of silk, and the human body are all transformed and used in a way that one can never imagine to be possible. A live band accompanies the performers, with haunting melodies that soar throughout the arena. Cirque Du Soleil’s performers come from close to 50 different countries, and the music and acrobatic variability reflect the diversity of influences on this Montreal based company.
Seeing this performance at the Citizens’ Business Bank Arena made the event even better as this venue has free parking adjacent to the arena , new amenities and plenty of food choices. For those who have only seen this venue in its full setup for the Ontario Reign hockey team, this setup was intimately cut to half the size, placing every seat (including those on the second level) close to the action with a great view.
If you haven’t grabbed a ticket yet, buy one now with four more days left as this performance continues until Sunday.
Preview – Dated March 8, 2011.
Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam is coming to Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena from April 27 to May 1, 2011. This Inland Empire performance marks one of only three Southern California stops on the North American tour, with the other two in San Diego and Long Beach.
Quidam is the ninth stage show produced by Cirque du Soleil. It premiered in 1996 and has been watched by millions of fans throughout the world, from Tokyo to London and Rio de Janeiro. Quidam is one of the touring productions from the famously successful Cirque du Soleil North American Tour. Like it’s other productions, Quidam produces an impressive array of acrobatic performances produced with imagination and style. The show is seen through the mindof a Zoé, a sad young girl who is ignored by her mother and father. The world of Quidam is imagined to escape the realities of this world. Quidam is a the main character- a man without a head carrying an umbrella. The acts featured in Quidam include the German wheel, diabolos, aerial contortion in silk, aerial hoops, the cloud swing and banquine, as well as many others.
Ticket prices run from around $30 to $100, plus fees. For those who have not been to the Citizens Business Bank Arena, there really is no bad seat in the house. With only 9,500 seats, this venue is half the size of Staples or the Honda Center, putting you a lot closer to the stage. The facilities are also brand new, which means state of the art everything. Even the parking (sometimes free, but always inexpensive) is just a few steps from the entrance.
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