On Thursday night I had the privilege of attending the opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam at Tel Aviv’s Menora Mivtachim Arena. To say it was phenomenal is sort of an understatement.
Since its world premier in April 1996 in Montreal, Quidam has had an impressive run, performing on five continents and captivating millions of viewers. Perhaps the darkest of all the Cirque du Soleil’s shows, Quidam takes its cue from the surrealist dreamscapes of Salvador Dali and Lewis Carroll. It follows a lonely little girl named Zoé, ignored by her parents, who looks for a way to connect with others. She finds a door to a new world of possibilities and playmates when she acquires the magic hat – a blue bowler – from the mysterious, headless Quidam (Latin for “anonymous passerby”), who wanders through holding an umbrella.