Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam at the Royal Albert Hall

Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam
Royal Albert Hall
Reviewed on 7th January 2014

As part of their world tour, Cirque du Soleil have brought Quidam to London for the final time. This amazing production showcases some utterly incredible performers. As I watched act after act, my brain could not digest what I was seeing as all of Cirque du Soleil’s performers are so extraordinarily talented. I didn’t know it was possible for the human body to do such things!

The first person performed in a wheel, effectively he was the spokes. He demonstrated amazing balance and even managed it with no hands at one point keeping the wheel turning in all directions including upside down.

He was followed by the Diablo act where we saw amazing juggling skill. Next came the Aerial Contortion in Silk. The performer was unbelievably graceful and contorted her body in impossible ways! She was wearing a skin-coloured outfit which contributed to the awesome spectacle of her twisting and turning with the column of red fabric.

Watching the troupe perform intricate and super-fast moves with skipping ropes was another amazing act, followed by the Aerial Hoops where three women not only perform with incredible grace and dexterity but all three move in precisely the same way!

The Statue was one of the most compelling acts to watch. The pair moved incredibly slowly and gracefully demonstrating extraordinary strength and trust in one another. They were wearing very little which somehow added to the message conveyed in every act – what an amazing machine the human body can be! The Clown Cinema used audience participation. Those selected rose to the challenge admirably, even one man who tried to decline!

The final act was an amazing troupe who threw each other around in a terrifying manner. Their tremendous performance culminated with three members standing on each other’s shoulders before the fourth member flew high into the air to be held aloft.

The storyline was somewhat obscure, and the costumes unusual, but this never detracted from the thrilling spectacle. The live music is used to tremendous effect. 

Seeing Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam is a mind-blowingly brilliant, unmissable experience.

Reviewed by Suzanne Mayer

Quidam runs at the Royal Albert Hall until 16th February 2014.
Please visit for further information and tickets.

Click here to read West End Frame's interview with cast member Alessandra Gonzalez.

Photo Credit: Matt Beard

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