When you think of the circus coming to town what are you reminded of? Old tents pitched in muddy grass, the over whelming stench of animals and their leavings in a close confined enviornment….
Of course it’s not all bad memories. Sticky fingers from the candy-floss that was such a novelty you didn’t mind that it tasted like nothing. When you watch the women trapeeze artists hanging off ropes and such you could easily imagine that that was you flying through the air with such ease and elegance comanding the attention from the crowd below. And of course the excitement of knowing you will be in the same tent as some exotic animal like the Tiger or an African Elephant was unmistakable within children and adults alike, but when the animals came out they didn’t wear the same smile as their trainer did….. No it seems the animals were never happy to preform and this is no secret. It isn’t natural to confine a wild animal to a cage and to make him dance for his dinner. Animal cruelty and the circus have always been two words that are linked very strongly. Even knowing it was wrong I still went to the circus when it came to town, I just couldn’t stay away, the excitment gripped me as tight as anything. Each time I would go I would leave with a sense of disapointment and guilt. I needed something better than a regualr circus that didnt have guilt attached and something that could conjour the child within me once more.
That something is here….
Cirque Du Soleil
A visualy stunning materpiece
Cirque Du Soleil is French and translates into Circus of the Sun. They are a group of preformers that travel the globe encorporating world circus styles, but maintaining its own central theme and storyline. They draw the audience into the performance through continuous live music, with performers rather than stagehands changing the props, and by having no curtains.
I was fortunate enough to expierence Quidam a wonderful prodution from Cirque that inrtoduced itself in 1996 in Canada. It came to us here in Ireland at the beginning of April and was preformed in the new O2 arena in Dublin City.
Quidam derrives from the Latin word for “a passer by”.
The concept for this show is the imagination of a young, jaded girl named Zoe. “She has already seen everything there is to see, and her world has lost all meaning. Her anger shatters her little world, and she finds herself in the universe of Quidam. She is joined by a joyful companion as well as another character, more mysterious, who will attempt to seduce her with the marvelous, the unsettling, and the terrifying.” Description is taken from the Cirque Du Soleil website.
Acts for Quidam inculde
Aerial Hoops Aerial Contortion in Silk
The German WheelHand Balancing
Skipping Ropes Spanish Webs