Big thanks to mum who bought all the family tickets to see Quidam – Cirque du Soleil. It’s something I would not have done myself as the tickets were quite expensive. JJ didn’t come with us and I’m glad for a couple of reasons. One, he saw the poster hanging up and said that it was scary. Also throughout the performance there was thunder and lightening and that would have freaked him out a bit I think. I could have been completely wrong and he might have loved it but I didn’t want to have to remove him from the tent if he didn’t like it.
I saw the first Cirque du Soleil that came to Adelaide called Saltimbanco in about 2000 which I actually enjoyed more. Maybe it was because I had never seen anything like this before and that’s part of it. I remember there was more emphasis on the music and especially the vocals in Saltimbanco as the singer was dressed up and you actually saw her perform whereas in Quidam we didn’t see a singer until the end.
Quidam, even though dark in parts, was very funny in parts. The audience participation thing was hilarious with the guy who pulled out the gorgeous blonde from the audience to take her for a drive. And the other guy who got a few people out of the audience to shoot a movie. The director he chose played his part down to a tee. He had to show the shoot number with his fingers and he stuffed it up the first time. The second time he gave the director the V sign for the 2nd shot which got a laugh from the audience and a pat on the back from the director.
I also liked the four girls with the diabolo’s. They were very clever, only dropped one diabolo, and juggling and doing acrobatics with the diabolo’s in time to the music.
My one gripe about events like this is the prohibitive cost of food and drinks (I won’t even mention merchandise costs) in the venue. My sister bought a small packet of crisps and was charged $4. Thrifty me ate before I went and took my own water, even though I didn’t pay for my ticket I’d rather spend my money on other things than expensive crisps and drinks.