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Quidam

Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world - the world of Quidam - where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.

Quidam: a nameless passer-by, a solitary figure lingering on a street corner, a person rushing past and swallowed by the crowd. It could be anyone, anybody. Someone coming or going at the heart of our anonymous society. A member of the crowd, one of the silent majority. The one who cries out, sings and dreams within us all. This is the "quidam" whom this show allows to speak. This is the place that beckons - a place for dreaming and genuine relations where all quidams, by proclaiming their individuality, can finally emerge from anonymity.

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Touring in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Israel, Switzerland, Portugal

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Quidam - Set Design

Evoking a monolithic structure like a train station or an airport where people constantly come and go, the minimalist set is dominated by a giant arch. The floor, built from perforated metal tiles, is illuminated from above and below and appears at times metallic, at times incandescent. Changes in the lighting – contrasts in hues, angles and light beams – can instantly transform the mood of a scene from comedy to tragedy. The revolving stage reflects an ever-changing, unpredictable world.

Fast Facts:

  • The arch (also known as the “téléphérique”) is constructed of five all-aluminum rails for an overall length of 120 feet.
  • Each rail of the téléphérique houses two trolleys that run from one end of the structure to the other. One is used to transport performers and acrobatic equipment and the other raises or lowers them to the appropriate height and position for the particular act.
  • The stage floor is made of aluminum decks with a rubber type mat. The rubber is perforated to allow light to surpass from below, thus creating special visual effects. There are more than 200,000 perforations.