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.
Quidam is the first show to use everyday clothing – though adapted – in its acrobatic acts. The broken colours used for the costumes – from blue to pink tones – create a dramatic effect and add to the show’s gloomy overall atmosphere. The basic material used for nearly all the costumes is stretch linen – a new innovation that gives them a worn look. Other materials used include leather, jute, linen crepe, wool, velvet and 42 types of cotton.
- There are approximately 250 costumes, 500 costume accessories and 200 to 300 pairs of shoes in Quidam.
- Each artist has between 2 and 7 costumes.
- Each costume is specifically designed for the artist and there are two spares of every costume.
- The costumes of the Banquine troupe in the first and second part of the show have the same design but different colours. In the first half of their performance, they are more colourful, representing characters in a real world. In the second half, the colours of the costumes are muted, representing life after war and tragedy.
- There are 20 wigs used in Quidam, which are made from natural and synthetic hair and are styled for every show.
- All the shoes are hand-painted to blend in with the colours of the costumes. These shoes are retouched and painted before every performance. There are 30 hats in Quidam including the bowler hat of the Quidam character which Zoe uses to enter the magical world.
- The Quidam tour travels with washers and dryers to allow the wardrobe staff to care for the costumes. All costumes are washed daily.
- The Quidam wardrobe team is responsible for maintaining and repairing all costumes. Costumes can last anywhere between 6 months to 2 years.
- Eighty percent of the fabrics are custom-dyed. These fabrics are usually white and are hand-dyed and printed in custom colours in the Montreal costume workshop.