THE LIFE OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PERFORMERS

Published on 18 June 2017

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Quebec-based theatrical circus Cirque du Soleil will be back in Singapore for the fifth time this July! This time round, they’ll be presenting KOOZA, a production which combines acrobatic performance with the art of clowning.

A few performers from its 50-member troupe take some time to tell us more about what it takes to prepare for their breathtaking and death-defying circus acts.

By MELANIE LEE

Laura Kmetko, 33 - Acrobat Australia

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“I’ll be performing aerial and group acrobatics in the charivari opening act, where I will flip somersaults on a trampoline-like tarpaulin and climb on top of a six-metre pole carried on the chest of another acrobat. Training takes place twice a week for two hours each time. I also go for Pilates and stretching exercises with our physiotherapists to work on core and leg strength. I also am going for acting classes. Being a Cirque performer requires total dedication, commitment to your team and openness to humanity.”

Paul Butler, 34 - Drummer Australia

“I play the drums with the band and I help to set the mood and energy for each act in the show. There’s a drum feature where I take centrestage – I love that as it allows me the opportunity to be creative and engage with the audience. On most days, I practice for a couple of hours, whether it is general conditioning or developing new ideas. Every day, there is a sound check with the band 1.5 hours before the show. As a Cirque musician, it’s important that I love what I do. It takes passion, talent, commitment and flexibility to make things work.”

Talita De Lima, 27 - Acrobat Brazil

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“I’m involved with the Teeterboard act where I jump off the board and land on the male performers. I like to shout after my jump because I want to share my energy and joy with the audience. Working at Cirque means that you are not just a good performer, but a good artist as well. I train twice a week for 1.5 hours for this act but also do other forms of exercise to keep in shape.”

Ronald Solis Montes, 34 Stunt - Artist Columbia

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I’m performing for the Wheel of Death act. My favourite part is when I’m running outside of the wheel – I can really feel the audience’s tension then. This act requires strength, courage, enthusiasm and thinking quickly on your feet. There’s a lot of running and cardio training involved because of the nature of my Wheel of Death act. I also do a mixture of light and heavy weights as the wheels used for this act are 800kg.

Watch how all their hard work unfolds in this promo video:

Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA will be in Singapore from 12 July 2017 at Bayfront Avenue beside Marina Bay Sands. Click here for more information.

GOOD NEWS! We’re giving away free tickets for KOOZA till 30 June 2017. Click here to find out more about how you can win them.

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