Review: Cirque du Soliel's 'Quidam' puzzles, intrigues, entertains
By Margaret Quamme
For The Columbus Dispatch
Friday December 7, 2012
The Cirque du Soleil combination of breathtaking acrobatics and puzzling story line works best when it’s grounded in recognizable human dynamics. The quiet, often dark, and moving Quidam, on stage now at Nationwide Arena, is rooted in a most basic situation: a child dealing with a distant mother and father, and trying to make her way in a confusing, frightening, and sometimes spectacularly beautiful world.
As the wordless young girl, Alessandra Gonzalez moves through a series of fantastic scenes with curiosity tempered by fear.
Many of the spectacles she observes echo and enhance the world of childhood play. In one, dozens of performers skip rope in groups, often with several ropes going at the same time. In another, Emmaline Piatt multiplies the exhilaration of flying through the air on a swing, soaring and turning high above the stage on a rope swing.