This incredible span of spectacular success in three different decades featured 6, big top and arena performances to 14 million spectators in cities across the planet. The themes of the show, whose name means "jubilation" in Spanish, are many. Since that time, the production has toured on five continents and been experienced by millions of people. The international cast features 46 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters. Unlike any other Cirque du Soleil show, Quidam does not take spectators to an imaginary realm of fanciful, larger-than-life characters. Rather, it is an examination of our own world — inhabited by real people with real-life concerns.
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With an international cast of 67 artists, the show welcomed more than 1, spectators ten times a week. La Nouba celebrated its 15th anniversary on December 18, , with a special appearance from Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
This was the first time any Disney characters had appeared in the show. It could seat a total of 1, people per show. These lifts could move at a rate of 1 foot per second 0.
The center stage lift, in addition to elevating, could also descend 16 feet 4. The entire stage deck was layered with impact-resilient Mondo Sport Floor over wood in order to avoid injury. As another first for Cirque du Soleil, the trapeze net was installed mechanically during the show with no visible stagehands as it was lowered into place from the ceiling. As in every Cirque du Soleil show, in addition to the performances, there were several distinctive characters that participated in the show, sometimes as performers and sometimes as spectators.
Les Cons The Nuts : Dressed in all-white, these mischievous characters are the ever-present fools of the show. Le Promeneur The Walker : Dressed in grey pinstripes with a small bowler hat, he sees the world through happiness. Liama: A princess in the world of La Nouba who sings her joy and passion.
The Pierrot Acrobat: Agile and nimble, he appears as a red acrobat. He is the adversary of the Titan until he joins him in mutual admiration at the end of the show. He is part of the Red Pierrot family, themselves part of a larger group of individuals known as Les Cirques.
He appears up on the mountain, on the wall at the End of the World, on the Rocks, at the heart of the action. One is a Pierrot Clown and the other is a Lost Ballerina. Clowns: Balto and Sergey — : An unexpected clown duo directing people to their seats.
Sergei Shashalev also previously appeared in the latter. The Prince: A noble prince transformed into a frog. She sweeps and dusts nonetheless until her dream becomes a reality. Acts[ edit ] The show contained the following acts:   Breakdancing : Josh Ortiz "The Incredible Josh" , Jean Carlos Lloret "Bebo" , and Dmytro Li "Flying Buddha" performed routines that straddled the line between dance and acrobatics, with spins, flips and other tricks.
Aerial bamboo: Alexander and Ekaterina Abramov did a variety of tricks while hanging from a pole-shaped apparatus suspended from the ceiling. This act originated in China using bamboo poles, hence its name. The children flipped, rolled and even skipped with the string while the spinning diabolo plummeted to the stage to be caught at the last second.
Up to two diabolos were manipulated by each performer in this game of dexterity. Cycles : Included one BMX cyclist and a mountain biker performing tricks on bicycles. Aerial cradle : The aerial cradle looked like a door and was the setting for a demonstration of equal-opportunity strength and agility. Aerial ballet in silk : A solo male performer dangled above the stage using incredible strength to create multiple poses, while four female artists wrapped themselves in the long column of silk and then unwraped themselves by spinning and flipping in this sky high ballet.
Rola bola : A colorful performer built a tower of cylinders and pipes, all the while balancing on a board on top of it all. As his tower grew higher and higher, so did the risk and excitement; the acrobat juggled while on top of the shaky tower. Power track and trampoline : This high-energy spectacle had performers literally bouncing off the walls and through the windows and roof of a three-dimensional building.
This seven-and-a-half minute act included athletes performing flips and 62 twists. Retired acts[ edit ] Balancing on chairs : Featured a solo performer who hand-balanced on eight chairs stacked on a table. The chair stack rose 25 feet 7. German wheel : Featured two performers inside of large double-hoops, manipulated by shifting their center of gravity. The performers would roll around obstacles, fall over spinning until they were almost flat on the ground then stand back up, and perform tricks with both performers in one wheel.
This act was replaced by the jump rope act in Juggling : Anthony Gatto juggled clubs, rings and balls.
This act was replaced by the rola bola act in In , this act made way for the B-boys. This act was replaced by the aerial bamboo act in Costumes[ edit ] Costume designer Dominique Lemieux created thirty different costume concepts and drew up at least ten different designs for each concept. Lemieux mixed historical and traditional circus ideas with contemporary fashions in her designs, and ten special technicians were employed in order to custom dye fabrics, real and synthetic hair, feathers, horsehair, and leather materials used on the various costumes.
In the eight weeks she was given to design the costumes October 24 to December 23, , she created two drastically different styles to separate the urban people from the circus people. The circus people donned bright, neon colors while the urbanites were represented by black, gray, and muted tones.
Lemieux used natural, textured fabrics such as hemp to epitomize the urbanites. In the German wheel costumes, Lemieux accented dark colors with fluorescent fabrics to provide a high contrast with the black lights used during this act.
The performers were designed to appear as marionettes and to emphasize human anatomy. The costumes designed for the flying trapeze act were tribal and androgynous. They were elaborated with complex collars, head ornaments and tutu skirts for the males.
Les Cons were inspired by the Pierrot , with simple, white outfits to depict their innocence. For all Cirque du Soleil productions, plaster head molds were created to make certain that all wigs, masks, and headpieces fit perfectly.
Four different wig designs were created for the show and each wig took one person approximately seventy hours to complete. A CD album of the music of La Nouba was originally released in and re-released in It features most of the music played during the show. Below are the tracks in order as they appear on the CD.
Listed after each track title is the act that was associated with the track.
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