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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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Quidam - Characters

  • Zoé (child)

    Zoé is an average little girl. She is bored yet curious, and she longs for the fun and excitement she believes lie just beyond her reach.

  • Father

    Lost behind his newspaper, ensconced in his den, Father will eventually open his eyes to find himself among his family and loved ones once again.

  • Mother

    Feeling alienated, Mother will soon rediscover the intense feeling of being alive through pain and courage, play and love.

  • Mark

    With his tragically spare hairdo, Mark is a different kind of ringmaster. He is eerie yet charming: part television personality and part substitute teacher with his own renegade lesson plan, a circumnavigator on a mysterious journey.

  • The Target

    Grace in motion, the Target chooses to live in empty space, present and absent at the same time, a companion to the lost girl for a little while.

  • Boum Boum

    Boum-Boum is aggressive and physically fit. And yet, he is lifeless, as though his body lives on only because his soul refuses to leave it.

  • The Clown

    The Clown brings a contemporary vision of clowning. With subversive, crazy audience participation numbers, he tells his own story, bringing to Quidam the joyful, burlesque, and liberated language of clown. This colorful, brash, and crazy world reminds us that the circus is forever a universal spectacle.

  • The Aviator

    The Aviator has skeletal wings, but doesn't look quite ready to take off. Perhaps he doesn't know he has wings. Perhaps he knows, but can't fly. Perhaps, like Icarus, he has tried and failed. Or perhaps he simply wants to escape this world and its problems.