Q&A Archive

  • Crowdfiltering | Interview with Alexander Woo

    Crowdfiltering | Interview with Alexander Woo

    Alexander Woo is a Martial Arts Specialist. While he was in Cirque's database, they asked him if he would agree to participate in a crowd filtering experiment with members of the Club Cirque. Now that he is a performing artist on Cirque's ice show AXEL, the company asked him a few questions about his thought on using crowd filtering as a casting tool.

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  • Meet secretive Cirque du Soleil billionaire Guy Laliberté

    Meet secretive Cirque du Soleil billionaire Guy Laliberté

    Guy Laliberté isn't a typical circus performer. With a mind for both business and performance, Laliberté grew his Montreal-based circus troupe into a multi-billion-dollar entertainment empire, starting with only a $1 million arts grant, according to Forbes. Now he has a sprawling network of real estate (including a private island in French Polynesia), and a new entertainment venture that puts on high-tech shows inside giant pyramids.

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  • Sienna Sloane Runs Away with the Circus

    Sienna Sloane Runs Away with the Circus

    The lights go out, and the audience sees nothing as Sienna Sloane enters the darkened stage. But Sloane is not about to perform. Instead, her performance lies in the fabrics, the wings and tails of those about to take center stage. At 18 years old, Sloane, tech theatre major, is one of the youngest dressers for Cirque du Soleil’s production of “Amaluna.” The touring show is currently in Sacramento playing under a huge tent temporarily setup at Raley Field.

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  • A Little Chat with Kurios’ Sophie Guay

    A Little Chat with Kurios’ Sophie Guay

    Cirque du Soliel’s ‘Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities’ will head to Melbourne in March ahead of its final Australian destinations Adelaide and Perth. The lead singer is jazz singer Sophie Guay. She shared insights of the show with Noise11 ahead of the first Melbourne premiere.

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  • LV Weekly: What Inspires RJ Owens?

    LV Weekly: What Inspires RJ Owens?

    If you've seen Mystère, you've seen RJ Owens as Bebe François, the bonneted clown whose innocent, toddler-like antics provide many of the show's biggest laughs. But like everyone else involved with Cirque, Owens has talents and passions that exist far outside his nightly role. Owens recently shared a few of the things that inspire his ever-searching mind.

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  • Q&A: Anja Wyttenbach from “O”

    Q&A: Anja Wyttenbach from “O”

    Anja Wyttenbach has been a part of "O" since day one. Born in Basel, Switzerland, the acrobatic and versatile performer, a veteran of touring circus productions, was developing some innovative aerial acts in Montreal when the creators of “O” came calling. “It was right place, right time."

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  • Why is Robert Rodriguez writing Cirque du Soleil?

    Why is Robert Rodriguez writing Cirque du Soleil?

    The call from Cirque du Soleil came out of the blue. Rodriguez would be among the first to admit he isn’t someone most people would associate with the Montreal-based company. But when Cirque was developing the concept for “R.U.N,” its latest live-action show in Las Vegas, his name was, in fact, the one that kept popping up.

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  • Interview with Shelli Epstein from LUZIA

    Interview with Shelli Epstein from LUZIA

    British-Israeli performer Shelli Epstein plays the Running Woman in Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia. The show, dubbed ‘A Waking Dream of Mexico’ is the company’s latest to tour to the UK, opening at the Royal Albert Hall in January 2020. It also marks the thirty year anniversary of Cirque du Soleil in the UK.

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  • Luzia’s Naomi Zimmerman Wows Crowds & Makes It Look Easy

    Luzia’s Naomi Zimmerman Wows Crowds & Makes It Look Easy

    From a young age, we've been told to reach for the sky. Well, one woman took that advice seriously, and has reached new limits by joining one of the most influential performance groups in the world. Dealing with a frantic work schedule and relentless training isn't easy for most, but Naomi Zimmerman, a Cirque du Soleil performer, hasn't let any of those obstacles stop her from doing what she loves most.

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  • Q&A w/MJ ONE’s Sam Frahn

    Q&A w/MJ ONE’s Sam Frahn

    You won’t be able to take your eyes off Sam Frahn, one of the warrior-dancers in Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay and a natural-born entertainer loaded with charisma and personality. Originally from Tampa, Fla., Frahn has paved her own path by creating a unique and personal style of dance influenced by jazz and hip-hop styles.

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  • The Toronto Star with Elena Lev

    The Toronto Star with Elena Lev

    Alegria is a beloved Cirque title: when it closed in 2013, it had been running for almost 20 years and had been seen by more than 14 million spectators worldwide. Elena Lev was 12 when she first appeared in Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria. She and the show are back 25 years later

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  • Vocalists Add a Narrative Twist to VOLTA

    Vocalists Add a Narrative Twist to VOLTA

    DC Metro Theater Arts recently spoke to one of Volta’s vocalists, Eric DeShan about the vocalist’s contributions to Volta. “The songs are a through-line connecting the acts and the overall theme of Volta,” DeShan says. Since Volta is about a personal journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance, “I plant the seeds of possibilities” for the storyline about “breaking free from the world around you.”

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  • Jerónimo García-Cabral, the Yucatecan who triumphs in JOYA

    Jerónimo García-Cabral, the Yucatecan who triumphs in JOYA

    "When the opportunity meets the preparation is something that many people call luck", this is how the history of the only Yucatecan artist of the Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ is summarized. Consistency, determination and focus, those are the words that describe Jerónimo García Cabral; a Yucatecan who turned his life into the dream of many others.

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  • Talking Makeup With Kazuha Ikeda, Klara the Telegraph

    Talking Makeup With Kazuha Ikeda, Klara the Telegraph

    The circus is in town, folks. Cirque du Soleil is back with a spanking new show and cast, Kurios — Cabinet of Curiousities, which distinguishes itself from typical circus fare with a steampunk twist on acrobatic acts, clever contortions, and balancing feats. A striking visage amongst the cast is Klara the Telegraph. Played by Kazuha Ikeda, the professional dancer doesn't just bring her boogey skills to the table, but her talent with the brush, too.

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  • A Q&A with 2 of VOLTA’s BMX Bikers!

    A Q&A with 2 of VOLTA’s BMX Bikers!

    DCTS interviewed two of the BMX performers, AJ Amayaand Joel Bondu. BMX is the art of performing acrobatics, tricks and stunts on specially-modified bicycles. Where the skill set is recognized for its “extreme sports” competitive history, Cirque du Soleil has embraced the athletes and the discipline as an art form.

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