Quidam by Cirque du Soleil

16 Oct

It’s a typical Sunday in the Beez house– Mr. Beez left early to go into the office (no fun…and he’ll be there til late, double no fun), I made eggs for the cannibal birds for breakfast, I made eggs for Baby Beez for breakfast, and I ate cookies.  Now I’m watching VH1’s top 20 video countdown, as Baby Beez destroys the house.

Last night Mr. Beez and I got to have a real-grown up date.  He and I each go do plenty of grown up things with friends and coworkers on our own (while the other one stays home with Baby Beez), but we’ve been pretty terrible at going out as grownups together.  We have no qualms about leaving Baby Beez with a babysitter, but arranging one is one more thing to put on the to-do list, and we (I) often don’t bother to get around to it.

So that we don’t completely lose our sanity, we’re working on having grown up dates at least once a month.  This month, however, is on hyperdrive. We went out the first weekend of the month with our Temple’s 20s/30s group, and next weekend we’re going to the opera to see La Traviata.

I could give a big explanation of what Cirque du Soleil does, but if you don’t know that already, you live under a rock.  Mr. Beez and I had seen Zumanity in Las Vegas a few years ago, and had a fantastic time.  Zumanity is really a caberet show with Cirque du Soleil performers, Quidam is a more traditional Cirque du Soleil performance, but equally enjoyable in its own way.

The frame story for Quidam is that a young girl, who feels ignored by her parents, is invited into a world of wonder and enchantment.

I got unnecessarily defensive about the storyline, because I always get defensive about storylines that accuse busy parents of being neglectful. (note: a major longitudinal study of child development has shown that parents who stay at home all day long with their children only spend 20% more time in child-centered interactions than working parents, See also: High Octane Women for a discussion of the study).

The storyline was a minor part of the production.  The acrobatics were center stage, and they could have removed the storyline entirely and no one would notice.

We were up in the Loge suites (2nd level), and could see the performer’s ripped muscles FROM ALL THE WAY UP THERE.

My very favorite parts of the show were where the performers were dancing with spools, tossing them high up in the air, and catching them.  The timing and precision was amazing. There was no margin for error whatsoever, and they executed the performance flawlessly.

Cirque du Soleil comes into Pittsburgh fairly regularly, so if you miss this performance, you’d have other opportunities to see them again fairly soon.

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One Response to “Quidam by Cirque du Soleil”

  1. sonbanon October 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    I soooo wanted to see this! I’m glad you got to. I saw Cirque for the first time this summer and they were magnificent. I noticed the ripped muscles from yards and yards away myself 🙂

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