The dictionary defines serendipity as an apparent aptitude for
making fortunate discoveries or the facility of making happy or
interesting discoveries unexpectedly or by accident. A new
definition should be added: Cirque du Soleil is true
The dictionary defines serendipity as an apparent aptitude for making fortunate discoveries or the facility of making happy or interesting discoveries unexpectedly or by accident. A new definition should be added: Cirque du Soleil is true serendipity.
I have experienced just about all the Cirque Du Soleil’s presentations through the years. (I say experienced since you just don’t “go” and “see” the Cirque Du Soleil, you “experience” it). I have come to the conclusion that this is really not a theatrical presentation, but a work of art. The artists take a canvas and paint a seamless mural of delicious joy, glorious color and spectacular thrills with unfamiliar musical sounds that are different each time you visit. There is a sophisticated innocence within this particular production that brings the presentation to beautiful basics. Less glitz, more action. This does not mean there are not the awe and shock moments, beautiful costumes and original music. The finished work delivers a breathtaking visual. “Quidam” does not disappoint.
The Cirque Du Soleil originated in 1984 with 20 street performers and is based in Montreal, Canada. It has grown to an overall grand company of 5,000 employees, including 1,200 artists from 50 different countries. “Quidam”, featuring 52 world class performers, has toured five continents and has played to more than 10 million people.
This production, as with all the others, is unique unto itself. This is a more ingenuous production than the sensuous “Saltimbanco” and “Veraki”. None of this matters; it’s Cirque Du Soleil and that is like saying Rolls Royce and Rolex. You know there is commitment to quality and artistic discipline.
Picture a colorful stained glass window with streams of glittering colorful sunbeams shimmering through. This is the Cirque Du Soleil’s “Quidam”: nothing you can grab on to, nothing you can put into a treasure box. It makes an imprint on your mind that you enjoy over and over again by simply remembering. If you don’t go anywhere else this season, go to the Cirque Du Soleil’s “Quidam”. I guarantee you will be glad you did.
– San Jose at the HP Pavilion: March 24 – 27
– San Francisco at the Cow Palace: April 6 -17
– Tickets: $40 to $115 adults. Adjusted rates for children, seniors and students and groups
Details: www.cirquedusoleil.com; or call (800) 745-3000 for San Jose or (866) 448-7849 for San Francisco.