The "Circus of the Sun" is coming home -- Quidam, the Cirque du Soleil's most recent production to tour the U.S., will be available for home viewing on Columbia Tristar Home Video and DVD Nov. 9.
Filmed in Amsterdam in April, 1999 by David Mallet (Cats, Michael Flatley: Lord of the Dance), Quidam leads a world-weary, angry girl through an amazing new universe with a joyous companion as her guide. As she rediscovers meaning in her life, another mysterious force tries to seduce her away. Vignettes in Quidam, Cirque's ninth production, are said to include aerial contortion, a man inside a double metal hoop, and a "Diabolos" (Chinese yo-yo). The production, which premiered in Montreal, April 1996, is surreal, a cross between Magritte and Fellini.
Quidam traveled the U.S. for three years before heading off on a European tour. Currently, two of the Cirque's shows are settled in Las Vegas: Mystere, which makes its home at the Treasure Island casino and, at the Bellagio, "O", a show completely set in water. Another, Dralion, began a North American tour in Montreal April 22. Planned stops include San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Boston and Washington, DC.
The DVD will also include two exclusives: trailers for Dralion and The Journey of Man, as well as language tracks in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai. Quidam was filmed in the original French.
For further information on the video release, visit Columbia Tristar Home Video at http://www.cthv.com. For further information on the Cirque du Soleil, visit http://www.cirquedusoleil.com. -- By Christine Ehren and David Lefkowitz