Cirque du Soleil returns to Seoul with ‘Quidam’

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Cirque du Soleil returns to Seoul with ‘Quidam’

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The world-touring Canadian circus group Cirque du Soleil is coming to Korea next month, eight years after its first visit for a final run of “Quidam.” The group is known to only perform in populous cities with grand arenas and a high demand for cultural entertainment. Provided by the organizer

Cirque du Soleil, a circus arts and street entertainment group from Canada, is coming back to Seoul next month with its representative show, “Quidam.”

However, this thrilling acrobatic show’s second visit to Seoul, after its premiere in 2007, will be the final showing of “Quidam.” When it premiered in Seoul eight years ago, the show generated feverish excitement for many months, even ranking No. 1 in ticket sales for nine consecutive weeks.

“Cirque du Soleil is known to perform at grand arenas and only in cities that are very populous and have high cultural demand among the locals,” said Kim Young-gwan, head of Mast Entertainment, the local production company for the group. “That is why it is a great honor to have the show perform at the theater in the Jamsil Sports Complex in Seoul.”

Since the title “Quidam” means “anonymous passerby” in Latin, a marketing director from Mast Entertainment said locals are invited to become immersed in the show, which is a “journey of changing the anonymous and isolated society into a warm society, through the main characters like Boum-boum and Bunny.”

Charming characters are only one aspect of the show. Their costumes as well as the show’s music, the thrilling acrobatics and accompanying colorful lighting are sure to hypnotize the audience.

Jessica Leboeuf, a publicist on tour with Cirque du Soleil, pointed to the troupe’s multiculturalism as one of the reasons for the show’s success.

“Cirque du Soleil who started by its co-founder Guy Laliberte, who looked around everywhere to handpick talented street performers all around the world regardless of their nationalities,” she said. “As a result, Cirque du Soleil has developed since 1984 from a group of street performers based on Canada to the world’s biggest circus troupe having its base in Quebec.”

Despite the upcoming show being the last for “Quidam,” the troupe has promised it will be as exciting as their first show.

“Quidam” will kick off its final show in Seoul on Sept. 10 at the Jamsil Sports Complex in southern Seoul. Tickets range from 60,000 won ($50) to 160,000 won. The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.

BY KOO YU-RIM [estyle@joongang.co.kr]

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