Escape With Cirque Du Soleil’s Quidam at the BB&T Center in Sunrise

Cirque Du Soleil's Quidam will be at the BB&T Center in Sunrise until Aug. 4 as part of the show's North American arena tour. Here's a look at the show's rehearsals and opening night. Photos by Jipsy

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Cirque Du Soleil's Quidam will be at the BB&T Center in Sunrise until Aug. 4 as part of the show's North American arena tour. Here's a look at the show's rehearsals and opening night. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The show stops in Estero, FL next week for its final stop on the North American tour before heading to Europe for two years. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Warm ups and stretching in preparations for the evening's show. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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There are 20 wigs used in Quidam, which are made from natural and synthetic hair and are styled for every show. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The Banquine act rehearses behind-the-scenes. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Fifteen artists perform spectacular sequences of acrobatics and human pyramids, astounding audiences with their perfectly synchronized movements. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The act is an Italian acrobatic tradition, with origins that date back to the Middle Ages. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Many of the performers apply their own make up which can take up to an hour, while the clown in Quidam must sit for two hours for makeup application. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Artist Mark Ward was an original member of the Cirque du Soleil production "Mystère" and has been with Cirque Du Soleil for 20 years and has never missed a single show he's had a role in. For Quidam, he plays the ringmaster, John. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The Hand Balancing act warming up. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The Aerial Contortion in Silk act rehearsing before opening night at the BB&T Center. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Aerialist Tanya Burka making it look easy and graceful. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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On the stage, the Banquine act finalizing rehearsals. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Stage antics as the show begins on opening night. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Warming up the Quidam crowd, "John" entertains the cast with his antics. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Quidam is said to be the embodiment of both everyone and no one at the same time, with the feature character, a man without a head, carrying an umbrella and a bowler hat. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. She seeks to fill the void of her existence and slides into an imaginary world of Quidam. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The German Wheel rolls in as young Zoé speaks to her father in the foreground. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Next it's Diablolo, or the Chinese Yo-Yo performance. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The Boum-Boum character is played by artist JP Viens. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The Father floats away into his paper... Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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...and floats away high above the crowds at BB&T Center. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Now in full performance, The Aerial Contortion in Silk artist continues to make it look easy. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The dream continues as the Aerial artist slides on down the red fabric. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The aerial act is haunting and beautifully dark. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The energy rises with the Skipping Ropes performance. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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As the ropes beat time, a group of 20 acrobats, with exceptional coordination and rhythm, perform a steady stream of solo, duo and group jumps and figures. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The Aerial Hoops beautifully appear, suspended above the stage. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Performers twirl through the air performing stunning feats of grace and dexterity. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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The major set element includes the five, all-aluminum, 120-foot (36.57-meter) arches above the stage, known as the téléphérique. These allow performers to be transported onto and off the stage from above. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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Quidam is playing now in Sunrise at the BB&T Center until Sunday August 4. For information on tickets and showtimes, go to www.cirquedusoleil.com/quidam. Photos by <a href="http://www.nefariousgirl.com" target="_blank" title="Jipsy"><b>Jipsy</b></a>
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