Published on July 28th, 2013 | by Greg

Cirque du Soleil’s Quixotic Quidam: One More Day At Barclays!

Though it first took shape in another millennium and as a big top show, one of Cirque du Soleil’s most popular shows has since toured around the globe in arenas. Most recently, it’s stopped locally in Brooklyn for a few shows at the Barclays Center. The last ones are tomorrow, Sunday, July 28th, at 1PM and 5PM and at press time, tickets were still available! Next stops include Florida, Austria, Germany, and Spain through the end of the year.

The show: Quidam. And though the titles are always unusual, this one is named after a cute character, a headless man carrying an umbrella. More than fifty performers take the stage, offering some of the usual delights, including acrobatics and juggling. But even if you’ve seen a few different shows, this one offers plenty to amaze and is mesmerizing in parts. The surreal color palette and costume design combine nicely with the fast-paced story, and Quidam features best audience involvement we’ve yet seen in a Cirque show.

Not everything works- some parts feel a bit dated, especially the music. The musicians, as well, more often highly visible in recent shows, are basically unseen here in the background. And while some stages amaze at first glance, this one is a bit more subtle, with a rotating platform and incredibly high arced beams slowly coming into play. The best use of the space is definitely the vertiginous silks act, but it was also fairly boring, with a single performer slowly doing aerial contortions.

Other acts were more noteworthy, like the standout Diabolo (Chinese yo-yo) section and the whiz-bang introductory German wheel. Most others featured a duo or group in high energy performances, such as the incredible well co-ordinated and directed jump rope routine. Banquine was lovely to see, and aerial hoops certainly drew some oohs and ahs from the crowd. Every seat is good… and yes, there are clowns and laughs too. Quidam is not quite as breath-taking as Totem’s artistry, nor does it offer the sheer pizazz of Zarkana’s inspired craziness, but it’s a great show sure to leave any family satisfied. Tickets run $50-130, and are available now online.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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