Newcastle Live were lucky enough to be in the audience for Cirque du Soleil’s opening night of Quidam at Newcastle Entertainment Centre last Friday night. The production runs until January 24, and for those of you still considering whether to go and check it out, here’s 5 reasons why you definitely should.
1 – The sheer scale of the production
A monolithic arch-like structure dominates the minimalist set with a huge lighting rig that’s able to invoke the full spectrum of emotion, from comedy to tragedy. As you walk into the Entertainment Centre you can’t help but be hit with the sheer scale of what lies in front of you. It’s epic, and is only a sign post of what’s to come.
2 – Those costumes
With 2,500 pieces of costume to feast your eyes upon, there’s always something new to look at. From the amazingly clever Aviator with his skeletal wings, to the minimalist costuming of the Human Statue that perfectly frames the performers’ amazing bodies, these costumes are truly something to behold.
3 – The Clown Cinema
Quidam is dotted with clever and contemporary clowning that culminates in an act they call ‘Clown Cinema’, which was one of the real highlights of the show. In what has been described as ‘the show within the show’, the audience is taken behind-the-scenes of the filming of a silent movie. It’s a little naughty, very funny and includes lots of audience participation!
4 – Them feels
When the production begins, the main character, Zoé, is bored. With her Dad’s nose firmly stuck in a newspaper and her mother both distant and apathetic, Zoe seeks to fill the void of her existence by sliding into an imaginary world called Quidam. Along the way, the young protagonist is encouraged to free her soul and move beyond the mundane. Zoé’s journey will definitely get you right in the feels; we felt it was a strong reminder to take a break from our screens and news feeds, and remember to appreciate the real-life magic all around us.
5 – It’s Cirque in Newcastle!
How often do you hear someone from Newcastle say, “the big shows always forget Newy”? Well, Cirque du Soleil produce some of the biggest shows in the world, and for the next week, they’re right on our doorstep. Cirque du Soleil has entertained over 155 million spectators, and now it’s our turn. Grab a ticket, you wont be disappointed.
Schedule of remaining Cirque du Soleil Quidam shows:
Tuesday, 19 January 8pm
Friday, 22 January 4.30pm & 8pm
Saturday, 23 January 4.30pm & 8pm
Sunday, 24 January 1.30pm
For more information and tickets visit the Entertainment Centre’s website.