Photo Flash: Opening Night of CIRQUE DU SOLEIL's QUIDAM at Royal Albert Hall
Last night, 7 January 2014, was the opening night for Cirque du Soleil 's award-winning production ofQuidam at the Royal Albert Hall. Having already extended the run of performances, Quidam's limited engagement in London is now booking to 16 Feburary 2014. This visit marks the final time that Quidam will be performed in the UK. Tickets are available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/quidam or by calling 0845 401 5045. Check out the pics below!
VIP guests included Aaron Buckingham, Alex Reynolds, Alex Zane, Amal Fashanu, Amanda Lamb, Amy Willerton, Annabel Giles, Andrew Castle, Arlene Philips, Ashley James, Beth Tweddle, Brendan Cole, Brix Smith Start, Camilla Rutherford, Cara Theobold, Craig Revel Horwood, Dakota Blue Richards, Danielle Lloyd, David Emanuel, David Webb, Denise Pearson, Esther Rantzen, Fay Ripley, Future Kicks, Gail Porter, Gethin Jones, Greg Rutherford, Hannah Barrett, Hayley Tamaddon, Helen Fospero, Jo Wood, JoAnne Page, Karren Brady, Kelly Hoppen, Kimberley Garner, Lisa Snowdon, Mark Foster, Matt Johnson, Natasha Kaplinksy, Nicholas Parsons, Nigel Harman, Olivia Inge, Ollie Baines, Plum Sykes, Rick Parfitt Jnr, Siobhan Finneran, Sir David Jason, Sir Paul Smith, Stephen Boman, Tamara Ecclestone, Tamera Foster, Tanya Burr andVanessa White.
Quidam received its world premiere in Montreal under the Big Top in April 1996. Since then, the production has toured on five continents and played to over 10 million patrons worldwide. During the run of Quidam at the Royal Albert Hall, Cirque du Soleil will welcome its 3 millionth London patron. In December 2010Quidam embarked on a new journey, performing the same production in arenas throughout the world.
The director of Quidam is Franco Dragone, the artistic guide is Gilles Ste-Croix, set designs are byMichel Crête, costume designs are by Dominique Lemieux and François Barbeau, musical direction and composition is by Benoit Jutras, with choreography by Debra Brown, lighting by Luc Lafortune and sound by Franc??ois Bergeron.
Quidam features an international cast of 45 world-class acrobats from 19 countries across the globe, including the award winning acts Banquine, in which fifteen artists perform sequences of acrobatics and human pyramids in synchronized movements and Aerial Contortion in Silk combining intensity, power and grace suspended high above the stage. Other acts include Aerial Hoops, Rope Skipping, Diablo and Juggling.
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 performing artists from almost 50 different countries. Since 1984, Cirque du Soleil has been seen by over 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.
Performance schedule Performances are Tuesday-Sunday, for full schedule visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/quidam
Photo Credit: Kevin Moran
Jo Wood and Brix StArt Smith
Future Kicks and Tamara Foster
David Emanuel and Amy Willertonat
Zoe Hobbs and Brendan Cole
Sir David Jason
Centre -Kimberley Garner, Ashley James and guest
Arlene Phillips and Craig Revel Harwoodat
Amy Willerton and Danielle Lloyd
Alex Zane and Lorena Mancini