Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cirque du Soleil's Quidam: Just Do It

Ever want to run away and join the circus? That's how I feel every time I see a performance by Cirque du Soleil, and last week's Quidam show at the Long Beach Arena was no exception. Doesn't matter that I can't juggle, have horrendous balance and am afraid of heights – maybe I could just be the person who drives the van or who runs out for coffee. I think circus performers drink a lot of coffee. (I know I wouldn't have to shovel poop, since Cirque du Soleil performances are animal-free.)

I've seen several versions of the Cirque du Soleil show, starting with their first shows in a tent in Santa Monica over 20 years ago all the way up to the current Beatles' LOVE show in Las Vegas. My kids have grown up with these shows, too, and I have to say we've never tired of them. This is the second time I'm seeing Quidam (I believe the first time was in Santa Monica in the late 90's) but, to quote some overused song lyrics, it feels like the first time. (I'm almost certain Foreigner was thinking about the circus when they wrote that song back in the 70's.)

From the diabolo (Chinese yo-yos) to the skipping ropes to the balancing acts, the entire show is such an inspirational, artistic, magical, visually stunning performance that will make you think, laugh, gaze in awe and get chills all at the same time. Not to sound corny, but throughout the show I kept thinking how happy I was that my kids were getting to see such beautifully crafted art. Funny, I never felt like that once during an episode of Hannah Montana.

If you've never seen a Cirque du Soleil performance, do yourself a favor and go now. And take your kids. And yes, you'll probably want to join the circus so bring a suitcase.

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Quidam is currently playing in Ontario, CA at the Citizens Business Bank Arena through May 1. After that it moves on to Reno and then on to Sacramento.

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cirque du soleil quidam tickets said...

it is obvious that something different is going to happen.The story is very slackly that of a lonely, juvenile girl who is in use into a world of mind, hope, and enjoyable.

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