Cirque circuit

By Tracy Key

'Quidam' bus tour visits area locations

The circus will be coming to town early this week, but there won’t be a trumpeting elephant or dancing bear to be found. In fact, there won’t even be a tent to accompany this traveling attraction. Instead, a vividly painted tour bus will bring the clowns to town (metaphorically speaking, since there won’t be any clowns either).

On Thursday, Cirque du Soleil comes to Lansing to begin a six-day mobile tour. “It’s a very exciting opportunity for our promoters to travel ahead of our show and spread the word about the upcoming Cirque du Soleil performance,” explained Zach Daigneault, one of the project managers for the road trip.

The spectacle was created to promote the upcoming Cirque du Soleil show “Quidam,” which comes to the Breslin Center on May 23. “It’s a very good way to go directly to the people,” Daigneault said.

“Quidam” is the story of a young girl named Zoe, whose parents are cold and distant. Unhappy with her life in this world, she seeks adventure in the imaginary world of Quidam.

The “Quidam” road trip features family-friendly Quidam-related activities, including an onsite green screen, which will be used to create “video postcards” by photographing or videotaping people, and then digitally adding characters and scenery from “Quidam” to bring the family into the magical world of the show. The creations can then be immediately shared through email or Facebook and Twitter.

There will also be raffle drawings to win a free pair of tickets to see “Quidam” at each of the stops along the road trip.

Thursday, May 17

Noon – 2 p.m. Eastwood Towne Center, 3003 Preyde Blvd., Lansing

4–7 p.m. Lansing Lugnuts Baseball, Cooley Law School Stadium, 505 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

Friday, May 18

11 a.m.–2 p.m. Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, 3777 West Road, East Lansing

4–6 p.m. Michigan State University Federal Credit Union Farm Lane Branch, 4825 E. Mt. Hope Road, East Lansing

Saturday, May 19

9–11 a.m. Meridian Township Farmers Market, 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos

Sunday, May 20

Noon–2 p.m. Meridian Mall, 1982 W Grand River Ave., Okemos

4:30–7 p.m. Eastwood Towne Center

Monday, May 21

Noon-2 p.m. Eastwood Towne Center

Tuesday, May 22

11 a.m.–2 p.m. City Hall Plaza, 124 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing

4–6 p.m. Municipal Park, 147 S Clippert St., Lansing

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