I love Cirque du Soleil, and Quidam was the first Cirque show I ever saw live. That was way back in 1996, the year the show first opened; I saw it with my high school French club while it was playing in Santa Monica. Last night I had the opportunity to see it again, and it's still just as amazing as it was 16 years ago.
On the other hand, some things have changed. I found the costume changes to be... interesting. Tell me if you notice a trend*:
Balancing on Canes, 1996:
Balancing on Canes, 2012:
Cloud Swing, 1996:
Cloud Swing, 2012:
On the other hand, some of the costumes looked like they hadn't changed at all.
For example, the aerial silks contortionist still looked like she was wearing nothing:
Aerial Silks, 1996:
Aerial Silks, 2012:
As did the "statue" team:
The German Wheel guy (who is not the same guy--only four of the cast members were the same as the 1996 crew) got a hat:
German Wheel, 1996:
German Wheel, 2012:
Incidentally, we did not see the German wheel. There was a wheel, but it was only a single hoop, like a very large hula hoop. The performer still did amazing things with it, but I was a bit disappointed to not see the double wheel.
And, just for fun, here's a group shot. I think the newer one is some sort of hybrid photograph/graphic:
All in all, a spectacular way to enjoy the evening.
To learn more about the show, visit their site at www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/quidam.
*All images were taken from the Quidam souvenir programs, and are copyright Cirque du Soleil.