Dubai Consumer Mirror

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Quidam in Dubai

I watched Quidam today, Cirque du Soleil's first performance in Dubai; supposedly.

For starters, and unlike the TVC and the radio spots, this is NOT Cirque du Soleil first performance in the Middle East ever. ITP brought them about 4 or 5 years ago to one of its events. I think it was for The Arabian Business Awards.

It doesn't matter, at least they are here. It’s time now for my impressions.

There will be two types of people attending the Show. People who have been to previous Cirque Du Soleil shows; and people who have not – obviously.

If you belong to the group of people who attended previous shows, then don't expect much from the stage, the sound and the lightening effects. You see, one of the things that make Cirque Du Soleil such a fantastic show is the stage and everything related to it.

Compared to the shows
I attended in Vegas this summer, the stage they set up in Dubai can only be described as amateur-ish. Sound wasn’t that great and you can have better and more comfortable seats in the local Al Wasel football stadium, if you were ushered to the right seats in the first place that is - all that and we had VIP tickets!

Having said that, the best way to enjoy Quidam in Dubai is to isolate yourself from any element that is or can be attributed to a Dubai based organization such as event management, logistics, venue or pre-event preparations.

Forget all about the lousy seats, the random ushering (we -and several others- were usherd to the wrong seats at the begining) and the distorting noise levels from the huge AC compressors that killed those dreamly silent moments of the show.

Sit there and keep your hands on your thighs, because if you move them as much of an inch in the wrong direction and beyond the contour of your body outline, your hands will -most likely- end up on the shoulders of the person in front of you or on someone else's lap.

Isolate the noise of kids screaming, people side-talking, Pepsi cans popping, nacho crunching and cracking, candy plastic bag wrinkling and unwrapping, ketchup/mustard from hotdog sandwich squirting, mobile screen flashing, the occasional camera flash blinding AND the feet crushing and knee banging - courtesy of people constantly walking …

Isolate all that and focus on one thing: The show.

Brace yourself for a fantastic journey and a celebration of human capability that goes beyond your wildest imagination. If I ever wanted to run away and join the circus, it will be to join Cirque du Soleil.

The show is original, refreshing and rich with culture and authenticity - something that Dubai's leisure and entertainment business desperately needs.

I hope they are here to stay.


  • I was there too - it was the first one I had seen, so I was very impressed. The deep pretensious dancy stuff was rather tedious, but hamster-man, the yo-yo girls and red ribbon freakazoid (apparently it's a woman, according to Wikipedia, but I had thought it was a man) were all excellent. My biggest disappointment was that hamster-man didn't come on at the end for an encore.

    By Blogger secretdubai, at January 7, 2007 at 2:42 AM  

  • Well thanks for that information. I shall be going this week, and I cannot say that I have not been warned!

    By Blogger CG, at January 7, 2007 at 8:37 PM  

  • I'm going on Saturday...woohoo!
    It'll be my 3rd cirque looking forward to it :)

    By Blogger Dubai Sunshine, at January 7, 2007 at 8:38 PM  

  • cool grooves.. thnx for the extensive review.. i have seen my first Cirque show back in 2003 or so when they were the first to perform in Cardiff's Wales Millenium Centre (which I helped design).. the show was beautiful and ended with a lot of water and spashes.. also nice piano scenes.. all real

    By Blogger BuJ, at January 8, 2007 at 11:30 AM  

  • ok. been. my review is worthless. I swear I went with an open mind and heart.

    By Blogger CG, at January 12, 2007 at 6:44 PM  

  • I wish i went to the one in dubai.

    Im assuming the one I went to in chicago (summer 2006) was a lot more quiet :). thank god.

    good review though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 14, 2007 at 1:31 AM  

  • if u hate it so much here and nothing pleases u .. then why dont u run back to ur country and work there!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 18, 2007 at 10:10 AM  

  • I have never seen any performance of Cirque du Soleil Before , so i was happy to see it eventhough of all what u have described in your review...i believe it is like an introduction to the real performance they do since ages ago in Canada , US and elsewhere...
    Hope when the comi back in 2 years it would be more theatrical and breathtaking....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 22, 2007 at 10:47 AM  

  • hi
    i want to see the show
    how mauch is the ticket price?
    can i take photos there?

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 2, 2007 at 11:48 AM  

  • We've already seen it in Europe years ago. Have in mind Quidam is a touring show created for a big top. It's impossible to put the same kind of stage set like those you saw in Las Vegas. The same thing with the sound. So it's simply useless to compare.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 13, 2007 at 9:59 AM  

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