Review: Quidam by Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall
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4/5 Cirque du Soleil is a global phenomenon. Celebrating 30 years of tumbles and triumphs this year - and more than 10 million ticket sales - the latest show to grace the Royal Albert Hall is Quidam, a dark and surreal performance that seems to take its cue from Alice in Wonderland. Loosely set around the story of a Zoe, a young girl who ignored by her parents enters a whimsical fantasy world, Quidam is one of the darker Cirque stories, featuring a headless man, a freaky rabbit and a cast of faceless, anonymous drones who follow the main characters and performers around. The storyline is pretty much incomprehensible, seeming to follow Zoe’s trip through her own fantasy world as she tries to reconnect with her parents, but really only forms the basis for introducing the different acts throughout the show – and on this Quidam really delivers. From the introductory German Wheel, where an acrobat spins around the stage in a giant hamster wheel to the speed and agility of the rope skippers, Quidam builds in intensity throughout.
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