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Quidam: The Latest Cirque Du Soleil Phenomenon

If you have ever been to a performance by the utterly remarkable, uber-limber and oddly odd-defying cirque troop known as Cirque Du Soleil, you know that they give new meaning the term “mind-blowing.” And if you have never been to see CDS perform live, I say “This is your lucky day, friend!” Cirque Du Soleil is back on the touring track with a new show called Quidam, and is making a one week stop in San Diego beginning March 30th at the Valley View Casino (formerly known as The Sports Arena, and will ALWAYS be known as the Sports Arena to native San Diegans like me.)

My first experience with Cirque Du Soleil was in the mind 90’s at a show called Mystère at the Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas and I was absolutely in awe. Every five minutes I was gasping and saying things like, “Whoa, how does he do that? And “Holy sh*t, how does her body move in that direction?” The combination of exciting music, incomprehensible movement and overall mystical mood left me with goose bumps and my mouth agape. It was truly mind-blowing.

Since seeing Mystère all those years ago, I have not had an opportunity to see Cirque Du Soleil perform since. I have seen knock-off Cirque troops perform but nothing has been quite the same. So I am looking forward to seeing their latest show called Quidam. Here is a brief blurb from the creators about the show:

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.

Show Schedule (March 30 – April 3, 2011):
• Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
• Friday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, April 3 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Ticket Information:
• Adults: From $40 to $115
• Children (12 & under): From $32 to $93
• Military, Seniors & Students: From $36 to $99

I am giving away a pair of tickets to Opening Night of Quidam on March 30th at 7:30pm. To enter just leave a comment. Giveaway ends on Wednesday, March 23rd at 11:59pm PST. Please be sure to leave your contact info so I can reach you.

Warning: there will be a fair amount of clown-action so consider yourself warned if you are clown-phobic.



Congratulations to Darnay Luckie, winner of the free Cirque Du Soleil tickets!

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Comments (23)

  1. Cheyenne Antrim 03/25/2011 at 12:54 pm

    We would be so greatful for tickets to see this. My hubby is recovering from a broken back so luxuries like this are once in a year thing . I love love San Diego. The beautiful Temple is along the 405 freeway, love everything about SD. Again Thank you so much to be considered for these tickets we would love to go. Love and Blessings Cheyenne

  2. Angie Karnoiupakis 03/24/2011 at 12:34 pm

    Cirque is an amazing show, even if they have scary clowns! Eeek! 😉

  3. Debbie Terry 03/24/2011 at 11:19 am

    The first time I saw Cirque du Soleil I was so blown away that I looked into working for the company. Of course I couldn’t be a performer (lol) so I looked into admin opportunitites. I decided against it after finding that most of the employees were French speaking and smoked in the workplace. 🙂

  4. Dan Lai 03/23/2011 at 11:58 pm

    Would love tickets. My wife and I absolutely love Cirque du Soleil. They are amazing!

  5. Carmen 03/23/2011 at 11:47 pm

    It would be amazing to see Cirque du Soleil! We just moved to San Diego in November (military family) and are so amazed by all there is to do here. This would be a perfect date night for me and my husband before he starts training!

  6. Laura 03/23/2011 at 11:46 pm

    I am a clown-phobic gal, but I have been dying to see Cirque Du Soleil perform for years now, so I’ll get over the clowns. LOL

  7. Cathy 03/23/2011 at 8:25 pm

    I love cirque shows! My face is Ka in Vegas at the MGM!

  8. Laura Frontiero 03/23/2011 at 6:40 pm

    Oh love love love. Pick me!

  9. Laura Frontiero 03/23/2011 at 6:39 pm

    Oh yay, I love the circus!

  10. Denise Vakili 03/23/2011 at 4:30 pm

    OMG, I’d love to win those tickets! Pick me! Pick me! What a great giveaway!

  11. Laural Out Loud 03/23/2011 at 2:59 pm

    We just missed the circus, but Quidam would be ten times better!

  12. Darnay Luckie 03/23/2011 at 12:16 pm

    I Love Cirque Du Soleil! When I was 9 years old, my Grandpa got me hooked. It’s what inspired me to become a professional performer.. That experience is one of the fondest memories I have of my Grandpa. It would mean a lot to me to get the chance to feel like that 9 year old boy again. I would love to take my girlfriend because she has never seen a Cirque Du Soleil show.

  13. Alicja 03/23/2011 at 11:54 am

    I have NEVER been to a Cirque show and would love to see what the buzz is all about !

  14. Ginger 03/23/2011 at 11:45 am

    My husband and I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to see a Cirque show for about…7 years now. Hopefully we can make it to this one! (whether I win or not!)

  15. Jennifer B.- @jenboydsd 03/23/2011 at 11:09 am

    Cirque is the best. I want to go!

  16. Marissa 03/23/2011 at 10:36 am

    I LOVE Cirque Du Soleil! Hubby and I first saw them on our honeymoon at Disneyworld. So mesmerizing. We would be thrilled to experience Quidam 🙂

  17. Melonie 03/23/2011 at 10:05 am

    Cirque is the best. I think it has replaced the traditional circus where there are a lot of issues with animal treatment. I love both I admit but it’s nice to be entertained with a clear conscience. And I am always always in awe at Cirque shows.

  18. Jay 03/23/2011 at 10:04 am

    Mary, what a thorough and insightful article on the ‘Cirque’! I have been to one, and must say that if one allows themselves to ‘be involved’, it is one of the most incredible entertainment experiences available!

  19. Ali 03/23/2011 at 10:03 am

    Would love a date night with hubby, and this would be an amazing way to spend it!

  20. stacey ross 03/23/2011 at 9:47 am

    Wouldlove to win
    . TY

  21. Chelsea 03/23/2011 at 9:46 am

    I’d love to go! And fortunately, I’m not clown-phobic. Wait, these clowns don’t have like, fangs or anything…right?

  22. Julie {Angry Julie Monday} 03/23/2011 at 9:44 am

    Pick me…I’m that weirdo whom has never been to a Cirque show.

  23. Natalie Harrold 03/23/2011 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for sharing. I didn’t even know they were in San Diego right now!