A mystical side of the venue we know so well
The Ted Constant Center is known for its ability to bring exceptional, national acts to the Hampton Roads community. From The Avett Brothers to ODU’s annual homecoming show, they bring some of the best available performances to our area. The Ted delivered the goods again last week, this time hosting the critically acclaimed international production “Quidam” for seven performances between April 10 and 14.
A relative of famous Cirque Du Soleil, “Quidam” inherited many of its predecessor’s characteristics. The immaculate stage production, the well developed story-line and the live musicians doubtlessly live up to its Cirque namesake. However, these facets of the show would be little without the main event, 52 of the best performers, acrobats and actors from around the world.
“Quidam” first premiered to a Canadian audience in 1996 and has been touring since. The show has been to five continents and performed for millions of people. Although well traveled, the crew does not pack light. They brought six trailers of equipment; including 250 costumes, 300 pairs of shoes, a large circular stage, and 120 feet of all-aluminum rails, and hundreds of feet of lighting. Despite all of this, it only takes two days to set up for the show.
“Quidam” means a nameless passer-by or a person swallowed by the crowd. “It could be anyone,” the official website reads, but the story focuses on a young girl named Zoe. The audience watches as Zoe gets transported into a magical world of dancers and dazzling stunts, and are drawn in as much as the yellow-clad girl.
Unlike Zoe, the audience had to buy tickets. Ranging from $35 to 125 each, tickets were a steal, considering similar acts can sell on the Las Vegas strip for hundreds. Even with the twenty-minute intermission, the 90-minute performance felt like ten. It was like being at a mystical circus, with awe and wonder making time fast forward.
It would be easy to list all of the smaller acts that made up the main show, like aerial silk contortion, a man-woman couple showing off the amazing capabilities of human strength called “Statue,” tumblers, Spanish Webs, and aerial hoops, but it would do little to encompass the full experience of the event.
This was the first time that Cirque du Soleil is in Hampton Roads. “We’re proud to bring Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam” to the campus of Old Dominion University and the Hampton Roads area,” said Doug Higgons, the regional vice president and general manager of the Ted Constant Center. “This will be the first time Cirque du Soleil is at our venue and we look forward to a great response from the community.”
By Allison Terres