It is a story about a neglected child, Zoe. Her parents fight and ignore her. She is approached by Quidam, a headless man with an umbrella. He leaves her his hat, and she escapes into her imagination full of mystery, haunting beauty and comfort. Here, Cirque de Soleil awes its audience with breathtaking acts, preformed magnificently. The first half of the show was haunting. Everything appears to be dying, alone. Single red balloons fall from the sky. The actors try to cheer up the young girl. The performers work together and get stronger and stronger. The red balloons increase in size, and the feeling is sheer optimism when the young girl gives back the hat and rejoins her newly united family in reality. Quidam stands alone on the stage and offers his hat to the audience, inviting us to dream with him.
Cirque de Soleil described it perfectly : “Quidam highlights our frailties and our anguish in the face of the new millennium that lies before us. It also underlines differences, conveying positive feelings and resentment and confronting our dreams with our nightmares. Quidam is more scripted than previous productions, integrating performance and theatricality to a greater degree, and draws on the emotional relationships between the performers in the troupe.”