Cirque du Soleil is a company that has been around for many years entertaining and enamoring an array of diverse crowds and cultures around the world. I have had the privilege to dig seriously into the mesmerizing world of these romantic, comedic, dramatic and poetically-mastered acrobatic stories that have touched the hearts and lives of many. In the search for some answers, I have come across the most fascinating facts, and have compiled a few pieces of information about the shows and the history of Cirque du Soleil.
An interview with Cirque du Soleil’s spokesperson:
Tell us a little bit about how a show is born…what are the first pieces of inspired thoughts, and the actions taken thereafter to put those pieces together to make those ideas come to life?
First comes the creative spark in the genius mind of the Director of Creation. It could be an image, a song, a feeling… anything! A team, including the World’s top Creators in each field, is then put together to bring these ideas to life.
How is then a program arranged or coordinated along with all the logistics?
The Creation process of a Cirque du Soleil show averages 13 months! During that time a lot happens simultaneously; creation, casting, production, rehearsals. So much happens that it is hard to describe. I would say the best way to experience it is to watch the Emmy Award winning series “Fire Within” following the creation of Cirque du Soleil VAREKAI.
Besides the performers, how many other people are involved in the production/behind-the-scenes to put on a Cirque du Soleil show?
On Quidam we have 45 performers coming from 20 different countries and 45 crew members. Show technicians, cooks, sport medicine therapists, truck drivers, accountants…altogether the Quidam family requires 90 people from 25 countries to make the magic happen.
What inspired this upcoming show, Quidam, in particular?
Franco Dragone had spearheaded several Cirque du Soleil productions and wanted to explore a new dimension; real life, real characters, real emotions. This time around Cirque du Soleil brings you into the imaginary world of a little girl, Zoé.
What is the intention, not just with Quidam, but with all the previous, current and future stories performed by Cirque du Soleil…is it more entertaining, or is intention more towards connecting with the audience at an emotional level?
Cirque du Soleil is dedicated to the creation, production and performance of artistic works whose mission is to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world.
What can we expect from this show that could, perhaps, be different from all the other shows we have seen to date?
Quidam is a beautiful, emotional haunting production. Instead of putting on stage fantastical creatures, Quidam visits a world where eccentric characters take the shape of humans with real life concerns and emotions.
Would you like to share something in particular about the main character of this story, or about the storyline of Quidam?
The great thing with Quidam is, it is very theatrical but the storyline is not force-fed to the audience, therefore you might be sitting next to a person that sees a completely different meaning behind the imagery of Quidam depending on their own life story. I always love to eardrop on conversation as the crown leaves the show – you hear the best show reviews and interpretations!
Cirque du Soleil Facts & Statistics
- Cirque du Soleil began with 20 street performers in 1984
- The company has over 5,000 employees, including 1,300 artists
- More than 100 types of occupations can be found at Cirque du Soleil
- The average age of its employees is 37
- The company’s employees and artists represent close to 50 nationalities
Cirque du Soleil – Quidam Show Schedule – July 31 – August 4
• Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m.
• Friday, August 2 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, August 3 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, August 4 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
• Adults: From $40 to $80
• Children (12 & under): From $32 to $65
• Military, Seniors & Students: From $36 to $67.50
Tickets for the general public are available online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/quidam or by calling 1-800-745-3000.