Previews: Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam

  • Photo by Meghan Ralston
  • Photo by Meghan Ralston
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From the November 29, 2012 edition

“Quidam” is an acrobatics-fueled interpretation of a little girl named Zoe’s imaginative land created to quell her loneliness.

Like all Cirque du Soleil’s performances, “Quidam” is a surreal visual feast. The set includes five aluminum arches soaring above the stage and its design complements the light effects that could be a show themselves. The costumes are circus-worthy. Art history fans will appreciate the Rene Magritte references; the painter’s work inspired the costumes, an obvious example of which is the styling of Quidam, a man without a head who only carries an umbrella and a bowler hat.

And that’s to say nothing of the athletic feats happening amid it all. Take for example, Adrienn Banhegyi (pictured), a Hungarian 29-year-old who skips rope and has a few solo skipping routines in “Quidam.” She practices for around 10 hours a day, she said, and has won the World Championships three times and the European Championship five times.

The athleticism and the art, though, aren’t why Banhegyi recommended seeing “Quidam.” Instead, the greatest attraction is Zoe’s journey.

“It’s a beautiful story,” Banhegyi said.