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Cirque Du Soleil Artist Shares The Art Of Skipping Rope

Who can take a deceptively childish activity like skipping rope and turn it into an acrobatic performance? Kata can.

Hailing from Hungary, Adrienn “Kata” Banhegyi has been skipping rope since she was seven, encouraged by her athlete father who trained his student athletes using jump ropes.

Adrienn Banhegyi (Photo Credit: Jackie Fishman)

Skipping for more than half her life, Adrienn (or Kata in Quidam) was encouraged into the sport by her father who was a physical education teacher in Hungary. Developing an impressive repertoire of tricks, she joined the National Skipping Team where she won the World Championships three times and the European Championships five times.

While competing, Adrienn started teaching skipping to children aged between 5 and 12 as well as working with professional athletes to incorporate skipping into their training programs.

Adrienn first experienced Cirque du Soleil on television and knew right away she had to become part of it. At the beginning of 2005, she sent her video demo to Cirque’s casting department and was subsequently invited to an audition in France. A few years later, she was contracted by the company to attend a general formation at their Montreal training studios. In November 2010, Adrienn joined her first Cirque du Soleil show, “Wintuk”, in New York City.

Photo Credit: Jackie Fishman

The sheer abandon of skipping rope masks the deft skill and dexterity that Adrienne and her fellow performers display in their beautifully choreographed skipping rope routines which charm and dazzle audiences.

She is now on tour with “Quidam” in North America performing as a soloist in the skipping ropes act. She loves travelling and attributes the realization of her goals to living by her personal mantra: “The key to happiness is having dreams and the key to success is making them come true.”

Translated, Quidam means a person who lives lost amidst the  crowd. In the context of their performances, these skilled acrobats are people who will  definitely be noticed by the crowd.

Adrienn "Kata" Banhegyi (Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil)

The show will be at the Verizon Center from November 15 to 20. Cirque du Soleil Quidam had its world premiere in Montreal Under the Big Top in April 1996. Since that time, the production has toured on five continents and been experienced by millions of people. In December 2010, Quidam embarked on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas throughout North America. The international cast of Cirque du Soleil features 52 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters.

Skipping ropes in "Quidam" (Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil)

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 2011 to Sunday, November 20, 2011: 3:30 p.m. matinees, 7:30 p.m. evenings

Verizon Center
Washington, DC 20004
Ph. 202-661-5000

TICKETS: Price: $40-$85/ Box Office: 202-397-SEAT

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