Cirque Du Soleil is coming to Rhode Island.
The “Circus of the Sun” was founded in Montreal in 1984 and has amazed millions around the world ever since. We have seen a number of versions of the incredibly talented and athletic productions, including our all-time favorite, “O,” and look forward to one of their latest productions, “Quidam.” “Quidam” combines the talents of performers from all over the world in a spectacle that will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
“Zoe, a young girl who has been ignored by her parents, creates her own imaginative world of Quidam, where she meets many interesting characters and frees her soul, explains Jamieson Lindenberg, who sings most of the beautiful music that accompanies the performers This particular version has been seen by more than eight million people on four continents.
You will see many acts that appear in circuses around the world, but you will see them in a different perspective, performing with grace and synchrony to music with fantastic lighting and costuming with an ethereal storyline.
The show originally was performed in a large tent but has been expanded to large arenas like the Dunkin Donuts Center while still retaining the intimacy of the performance. Only about a third of the ice rink is used, and seating is limited to about 2,000 people in theatre-style seating.
Auditions are held in New York City to find the best athletes/acrobats/performers in the world. There are currently 52 of them, with an equal amount of backup crewmembers representing 18 countries.
Because of the variety of performers from all over the world, interpreters accompany the show, along with chefs, physical therapists, publicists, arrangers who line up hotels, gyms and other sites, and even an accountant.
Lindenburg has an extensive background in musical theatre and was attracted to the show because of the opportunity to “do what I like, along with very professional people, while seeing the world.” And yes, the music is live.
Publicist Jessica Leboeuf says that it takes over 12 hours to set up the massive staging. “But we can take it down in three hours. We use 16 trucks to bring in all of the equipment, rigging, lights, sounds and costumes. The facility has to be large enough and high enough to handle the show.”
“The show is family-friendly, with wonderful colors and layers of scenes that will amaze and mystify people of all ages,” Lindenburg said. “It is a great date night, family night, senior citizen outing…‘Quidam’ attracts people of all ages.”
“Quidam” will be at the Dunkin Donuts Center July 27-31, with evening performances July 27-30 at 7:30 p.m., matinees Friday and Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets range from $35-$95 and can be purchased at The Dunk or online at www.DunkinDonutsCenter.com.