Houston was recently treated to a high-extravaganza at the Toyota Center with Cirque du Soleil's Quidam. Every year, a new Cirque performance finds its way to town and each one is vastly different than the other.
Quidam tells the story of young Zoe. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world — the world of Quidam — where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.
Photographer Lynn Lane got exclusive access at rehearsals and during performance day to snap these amazing photos.
All in a day's work: A Quidam cast member hangs from the rafters during a rehearsal.
The banquine act showcases the amazing agility of the human body during rehearsal.
Acrobats fly high during a rehearsal.
The show opens with John the Ringmaster, who sets the mood for what will become an incredibly eerie night.
The diabolo, or Chinese yo-yo, is a child's game that the Chinese have evolved into an art form. Here the performer captivates the audiences with multiple high-flying diabolos!
The onstage antics of Boum-Boum with many other characters from Quidam.
Boum-Boum screams at the top of his lungs! Can you hear it?
The floor of the stage was definitely not a solitary plane during Quidam!
One of the greatest things at a Cirque du Soleil's performance is when a cast member brings the audience into the show. This clown searches the crowd for someone to join in the adventure.
An audience member is about to be taken for a ride!
It's hard to hold onto your seat at Cirque du Soleil show.
High flying aerial fabric work is a Cirque du Soleil trademark.
Another funny moment during Quidam with John.
Performers jump in with some of the most incredible jump rope work that you could ever hope to see.
Aerial hoop performancers hover high above the audience — with no net!
But they're down-to-earth after all.
A quiet moment with The Clown and Zoe before the insanity begins again.
As everyone who sees the show would agree, Quidam is an incredible ride!