Behind the Scenes of Cirque du Soleil

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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It's the start of a new year and a show coming to town tonight will make sure to give you a jump start.
Cirque du Soleil, known for its high flying acrobatics, will be debuting the show, Quidam here in Wichita tonight.
It's about a little girl who tires of her own life, and slips into an imaginary world.
But before any of that story can be told, the stage has to be put together, a task that takes twelve hours, and we caught a glimpse of the process.

Quidam, the current Cirque du Soleil show making it's way to Wichita, will transform you to a whole new world.
One of brute strength and amazing acrobatics.
But first, it's Intrust Arena's turn to be transformed.

"You'll see when you come to the venue you won't even recognize your arena," said Quidam spokesperson Jessica Leboeuf.

It takes twelve hours to unload and set up the 15 trucks of equipment, a task that requires many hands.
The show travels with 22 full time technicians, but it takes many more than that to get it all done in time.

"We can't do it alone, we have to hire about 80 of the cities finest stage hands and rigors and carpenters to help us out," Leboeuf said.

They must construct the giant arch that is the focal of the design, and also create the rotating stage.

"It kind of adds a little difficulty to a lot of the acts since the stage rotates," Leboeuf said. "But it also creates a really nice 360 degree view for the audience."

Helping bring the set to life are the performers, which consist of people from 24 different countries, all of who need to look the part, meaning the show travels with 2500 pieces of costumes.

"Those costumes are all handmade for every single performer," Leboeuf said. "They're worth over a million dollars so we take really good care of them."

So while you sit and enjoy the show, remember that a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make it all possible.

"While the show is going on, there's kind of an organized chaos also happening backstage," Leboeuf said. "So like it's almost another show on it's own and i'm pretty sure we could sell tickets to that."

Cirque du Soleil's Quidam begins tonight and runs through Sunday.
You can purchase tickets to the show at selectaseat.com or by calling 755-seat.
The show is suggested for children 5 years of age and older.


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