Theater Review: Cirque du Soleil: Quidam

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Cirque du Soleil: Quidam (June 26 – 30; All ages)
Bridgestone Arena
501 Broadway, Nashville
770-2000 •
Show times: Wed – Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 1 and 5 p.m.
Tickets: $39.15 – $99.50

Acrobats, aerial artists and contortionists take the stage this week at Bridgestone Arena with one of Cirque du Soleil’s many touring productions, Quidam.

Nine different acts are on tap during the show. The opening number, “German Wheel,” is the best. A human spoke inside a giant wheel twists and turns all over the stage. Artist Cory Sylvester is dynamic at this acrobatic feat.

Likewise, Tanya Burka’s “Aerial Contortion in Silk” is graceful and elegant, and while the massive jump-roping number and hand-balancing acts are interesting, overall, if you’re a die-hard Cirque du Soleil fan, be warned. Quidam is quite tame compared to other Cirque installments that have been here, particularly Alegria, Saltimbanco and last year’s Michael Jackson: Immortal tour. Having seen those three over-the-top dazzling shows, Quidam pales in comparison on the pizzazz factor to the point that it seems elementary and a bit boring compared to other Cirque shows.

If you and your kids have never seen a Cirque du Soleil performance, Quidam will provide an introductory experience that will be a pleasant one as a newcomer to the Cirque world. If your family has seen other Cirque shows in the past, keep in mind this one is mild.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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