Q&A Archive

  • Grayslake native living his ‘inspiration’ as Cirque performer

    Grayslake native living his ‘inspiration’ as Cirque performer

    Getting cast in Cirque du Soleil's "Volta" has been a dream come true for Kevin Beverley. And the Grayslake native is especially excited to perform for a hometown crowd when the 2017 touring big-top show makes its Chicago debut this weekend on the grounds of Soldier Field.

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  • BWW Interview: Lauren Herley And Jennifer Lecuyer of BAZZAR

    BWW Interview: Lauren Herley And Jennifer Lecuyer of BAZZAR

    BroadwayWorld checked in with BAZZAR's leading lady, Floating Woman - portrayed by Lauren Herley, and the Artistic Director of the show, Jennifer Luceyer.

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  • Meet Victor Salazar, Volta BMX Rider

    Meet Victor Salazar, Volta BMX Rider

    Two years ago, San Diego BMX cyclist Victor Salazar went off to join the circus. This week, he came home. Salazar, 26, is one of five professional BMX riders performing in “Volta,” Cirque du Soleil’s action sports-inspired tent show that opened Wednesday and continues through May 5 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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  • Erini Tornesaki and Her Dynamic Voice

    Erini Tornesaki and Her Dynamic Voice

    Talented vocalist of jazz and Greek traditional music, Eirini Tornesaki blurs the lines between genres and explores intercultural dialogue through music. Her angelic voice was first heard in public when she performed at her father’s restaurant in Crete at the age of four.

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  • Q&A w/CRYSTAL’s Scott Smith

    Q&A w/CRYSTAL’s Scott Smith

    Figure skating and acrobatics are hard enough. Combining the two might sound impossible, but for Scott Smith, it was a perfect fit. "I was a competitive skater for 20 years. In a way I've been training for this all of my life," Smith told the Deseret News.

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  • A Conversation with BAZZAR Costume Designer James Lavoie

    A Conversation with BAZZAR Costume Designer James Lavoie

    Running over two months, Cirque du Soleil's BAZZAR marked the entertainment company's first time in India. A recreation of an Indian marketplace, Bazzar's protagonist is a maestro who dreams of putting together a larger-than-life theatrical production.

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  • The Real-Life Diet of Aleksei Goloborodko, the Most Flexible Man in the World

    The Real-Life Diet of Aleksei Goloborodko, the Most Flexible Man in the World

    On the spectrum of human flexibility, 24-year-old Aleksei Goloborodko lies somewhere between “world-class contortionist” and “literally made of pipe cleaners.” Originally from Tula, Russia, the Bronze Clown winner—the circus world’s equivalent of the Oscars—is currently crisscrossing the globe (and his body) on tour with Cirque du Soleil’s production of Luzia. He talks extreme stretching, meal planning, and his advice for aspiring circus performers everywhere.

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  • The Cirque star who found rejuvenation on Lamma Island

    The Cirque star who found rejuvenation on Lamma Island

    The atmosphere electric, the music soaring, each night Rose Winebrenner took to the stage in front of a rapt audience. After 20 years’ hard work, the mezzo soprano had the lead role in Zaia, a theatrical extravaganza by Cirque du Soleil in Macau. Beginning in 2008, it was intended to run for a decade. But after just four years the show was cancelled. Winebrenner’s dreams were dashed; her life turned upside down.

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  • VOLTA star gives back to SFO kids aspiring to join circus

    VOLTA star gives back to SFO kids aspiring to join circus

    Bradley Henderson lithely climbs up the pole and turns his body upside down before stopping it on a dime. There is a striking ease to the way he contorts himself with masterful precision on this Monday afternoon. It’s standard fare for the seasoned circus performer who is starring in Cirque du Soleil’s “Volta,” which opens at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Nov. 15. But today his casually awe-inspiring physicality is on display for the young students of Circus Center in San Francisco.

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  • LDI 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Jonathan Deans, Sound Designer

    LDI 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Jonathan Deans, Sound Designer

    As we gear up for the LDI Show, Live Design is profiling speakers in their Sound Tracks series of panels aimed at live sound engineers. This week they're pleased to introduce you to keynote speaker Jonathan Deans, who will be discussing the state of sound design.

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  • Meet CRYSTAL’s Madeline Stammen

    Meet CRYSTAL’s Madeline Stammen

    Illinois native Madeline Stammen, 24, began her competitive career at the age of 8. She excelled at ice dancing and freestyle skating at a highly competitive level until she was 18 years old. After competition, Stammen was hired for her first professional show on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines performing in shows on the ship’s ice rinks.

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  • Show Reel of the Week: Alanna Baker

    Show Reel of the Week: Alanna Baker

    My name is Alanna Baker, I’m an energetic, fun and lively woman, who’s focused, determined, motivated and goal driven. I’m an acrobat and gymnast who used to compete for Great Britain and I’m now currently working for Cirque du Soleil’s touring show OVO as an acrobatic character, with a back up aerial act.

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  • David Resnick: ‘I like to feel a little fear’

    David Resnick: ‘I like to feel a little fear’

    The Cirque du Soleil circus troupe — which will return to Charlotte next week, for the first time in five years — has long been known for its gravity-defying acrobatics and daredevil stunts. And as you’re watching, you may wonder (especially knowing that Cirque acrobat Yann Arnaud died following a fall during a March performance of “Volta” in Tampa): Do the performers have any fear? “In some shows where you do the same act and it becomes very routine, you can get complacent,” says competitive gymnast-turned-Cirque performer David Resnick.

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  • Joey Arrigo brings “Waz” to life in VOLTA

    Joey Arrigo brings “Waz” to life in VOLTA

    The amazingly flexible and insanely acrobatic artists of Cirque du Soleil are known to be experts at their artistry. But what brought them to the Cirque family is exciting. Michael Cook from Out in Jersey sat down with Joey Arrigo, who portrays “Waz” in the latest Cirque du Soleil production Volta.

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  • All The Vegas Podcast: Brandon Pereyda of Zumanity

    All The Vegas Podcast: Brandon Pereyda of Zumanity

    Brandon Pereyda is a rare being in the Vegas entertainment scene, a born-and-raised Las Vegas native who performs in one of the most perennially popular production shows on the Strip. A self-trained aerialist, Pereyda has contributed one of the most thrilling acts in Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” for almost 10 years now, flying above the stage and over the bewildered audience from his customized chain apparatus. It’s sexy and daring and beyond memorable, and for Pereyda, it’s still as intense as the very first time he took the Cirque stage.

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