Cirque du Soleil's 'Quidam' opens in Charlotte

Cirque du Soleil's 'Quidam' opens in Charlotte

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by SONJA GANTT / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 6:48 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cirque du Soleil brings its special blend of acrobatics, dance and theatre to Charlotte this week.

“Quidam” tells the story of a little girl who’s entertained by friends in an imaginary world after being ignored by her parents. The 50 performers who bring this world to life represent 20 countries.

“I think it is the perfect blend between theatre and acro. So you have these awesome numbers during the show and you have a strong story, really strong acting and characters,” said Lisa Skinner.

(Click here to view photos from behind the scenes)

Skinner is a three time Olympic gymnast from Australia. She is one of the performers who bring the imaginary world of “Quidam” to life. They all have skills that are specialized and hard to find.

“So we go all over the world to get our acrobats for that reason because there might be only ten people in the world who can do it, and we need three,” said Cirque du Soleil coach Allister Booth.

Booth spent 12 years as a performer and is in his seventh year as a coach. He says they want to showcase incredible moves with such ease that you never see the struggle. The goal is to transport the audience.

 “If they can take two hours out of their lives and forget about any problems they happen to have personally, and be immersed in the world we are creating here. And enjoy themselves and just have a really good time and be a little bit impressed.”

Quidam opens at Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday, July 3.

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