Sunday, March 27, 2011

Re-Cirque

Once upon a time, I had time to write more thoughtful posts about our experiences, but this is certainly not that kind of week. Still, I don’t want to forget the wonderful time we had yesterday at Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam.

Quidam was the very first Cirque show that SwingDaddy and I saw, probably in the late 90’s, back in its original Grand Chapiteau (big top tent) incarnation. We loved the combination of art and acrobatics, especially my favorite number, Banquine.

Q-ster loved the DVD so much that we got tickets for the current arena version of the show. We prepped him in advance for the typical Cirque “storyline.”

Me: Remember, the story isn’t going to make a lot of sense. Sometimes things just happen because they look interesting.
Q-ster, nodding knowledgeably: Right. It’s not real, it’s just pretend.

Even so, we had forgotten just how dark (and beautiful) this particular production was. Fortunately, Q-ster didn’t seem particularly phased by it. He was only uncomfortable with the extended audience participation clown sequence, since it seemed never-ending, and which we usually skip on the DVD because I hate almost all clowns. He loved the acrobats of Banquine, the cheerful Skipping Ropes, and the amazing human Statues.

The unfortunate thing about the arena setting was how you can no longer see the expressions of the artists - the intimacy of the experience was gone - but it was still terrific to see the numbers and enjoy the music. By the next show, Buster should be old enough to go with us too!

3 comments:

mayberry said...

Fun! (I'm with you on skipping the clowns.)

Bob said...

Sweet photo of the two of you.

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